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It’s Not Good Enough
August 10, 2016
Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
-John Dewey, 1859-1952, American Psychologist

"How do we take the best of what we're doing right now and say, in a constructive way, 'It's not good enough'?"  That's the question that Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, poses in a new, 3-minute video.

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.  They believe that the science of development provides a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life.  They pose the provocative statement, 'it's not good enough,' because dramatic advances in science are ready to be used to achieve a promising future for every child.

Because, as Dr. Shonkoff says, "Once you understand the science and how preventable — and not inevitable — most of the problems in the world are, "It is impossible to walk away."  

How are you using the latest child development science to inform your practice?


Contributed by Christine Kiewra

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Lisa · August 10, 2016
United States

I was very moved and inspired by this short video. All that is available to ALL of the children simply is not good enough right now. However, I am also cautious because I do trust the teachers we have, for example, and how incredibly hard they work with little pay and no respect. I appreciate Shonkoff's note that we address this in a constructive way. What will that mean, how will we do it? The ways we are addressing it are just not good enough yet either.

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