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Old 09-13-2010, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Chickenhauler View Post
Hour for hour, are they comparable to a private school tuition?


You get what you pay for.

True, but keep in mind, daycare providers aren't teaching calculus or chemistry, they're teaching manners, social behavior, colors, tie your shoes, don't poop on the rug, etc.

They say the first five years are the most important.....but they never say what's most important to teach in that time. IMHO, that is morality/right from wrong.

I'll be honest, I think degrees are highly over rated, especially by people who have a degree without having real world experience. They tend to discount/look down their noses on those who have been doing the task for years with great success, but because they don't have a slip of paper that says they parroted back the proper responses at the proper time in a special room, the 'educated' think they are automatically superior.

Just because a person has a degree doesn't mean they have a clue what they are doing.
Interesting that you would automatically assume that people with degrees look down on others. I certainly don't do that....I use my degree to HELP other providers be better providers, and while doing so, am very open to learning new things from those that I mentor. I not only mentor new teachers/providers, but very experienced ones as well.....I am currently mentoring a Provider who has been in business for 18 years, I have only been in business for 13....but ya know what, SHE realizes that because of my education, that I do have some knowldege that she doesn't have and sought my help in improving the quality of her program.

I find it saddening that providers cannot simply be supportive of one another....while I realize there is competition in this business, the competition should be a local thing. Here on this forum, and any other forum, we should be encouraging each other to move forward in our careers, and supporting one another to be the best we can be.

I will also tell you, as a mentor teacher, I have had the opportunity to be part of a Nationwide discussion re. ECE. The day is coming when all providers, in the United States, will be required to have an education to run their would be a good time to start working towards those degrees if you want to be in business in 5-10 years.

Really, though, you shouldn't over-generalize....while some providers with degrees MAY look down on those that don't, so do those with lots of experience towards those that are new to this profession.

I think experience is highly valuable, but I also think education is as well. Ideally we would all have both, but we all have to start somewhere. I started without an education and gained my education over the past 5 years....and while I am very successful in my business, I can say from experience that starting my business would have been alot easier if I had had the education first.