Dan and Ed invite Wendy Watson, an early childhood education expert, to share her views and experiences. Wendy dispels any ideas that early – even pre-natal – experiences are not major, critical factors in human development. She presents factual information about the benefits of early childhood education. She explains why brain development before the age of 8 is critical to human success and well being. After age 8 the damage done do to a lack of human interactions may be dealt with, but only as learned responses not natural inherent development. Listen and affirm that what happens to human beings before kindergarten makes a major difference. Wendy also shares information for parents about the myriads of resources available.
In this episode, Public Support For The Public Good, Dan and Ed spend time with Peter Pierson, a talented and active citizen who ran in 2016 for a seat in the AZ House representing Legislative District 1, which is a gerrymandered, sprawling district which includes Prescott.
As Ed notes, “Peter lost the election, but won the respect of our communities.” Peter explains the effects of the dynamics of negativity and anti-government rhetoric that defeated the voice of the electorate, not just in AZ, but across the Nation. Peter addresses issues that focus on The Quality of Place, which require public investment for the public good, and only succeed if there is public support for the public good.
Most Americans are not proud of the 2016 election process which resulted in candidates and issues that do not reflect the will of the people. Peter’s clear insights into how to make the system work again, save our public schools, save our community libraries and services, and rebuild what we have lost, are ones you will want to study and share in your community.