I've been reading research related to early childhood programs in Ghana and was just introduced to the term "contextually appropriate practice". In the same section I read this quote " "no community wants their children to be misfits in their own backgrounds and culture. This is why the school is expected to ensure that children who go through the school do not become people who cannot fit into the very community from which they went to school" (Tobin, J. (2005). Quality in early childhood education: An anthropologist's perspective. Early Childhood & Development, 16(4), 421-434.)
What does it mean to provide education in a way that allows children to continue to be warmly nested in their own communities? And what does it mean to provide education that allows children to fit into their own communities and still embrace folks from other communities. How can that happen in the US?