Educator in Focus, April 2015 – Janet Crawford (Bendigo Hospital)

Our educator in focus is Janet Crawford from Lansell.

Janet

Janet has been an early childhood educator in the Bendigo District for many years starting her career at the original Bendigo Hospital Creche. Janet is passionate about the rights of children and bases her philosophy on the Hundred Languages of Children, a poem by Loris Malaguzzi (see below)

100 Languages of Children

The child is made of one hundred.

The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking.

A hundred, always a hundred ways of listening, of marvelling, of loving.

A hundred joys for singing and understanding.

A hundred worlds to discover, a hundred worlds to invent, a hundred worlds to dream.

The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred, hundred, hundred more) but they steal ninety nine.

The school and the culture separate the head from the body.

They tell the child to think without hands to do without head to listen and not to speak to understand without joy.

Love and marvel at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child to discover the world already there and of the hundred languages they steal ninety nine

forcing thought without a body, action without a mind.

They tell the child that work and play; reality and fantasy; science and imagination; sky and earth; reason and dream are things that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there.

The child knows The Hundred is there.

Loris Malaguzzi 1920 – 1994