Junlei, explained that in August, 1979, Mister Rogers spent a week talking to children about going to kindergarten. The theme was a response to letters from many parents concerned the demands of "school readiness" were causing anxiety for their young children. In one scene (episode 1463), Daniel Tiger frets that Lady Elaine will be displeased with him because he doesn't know letters and numbers by the first day of school. Lady Aberlin takes Lady Elaine to task and explains children don't need to learn academics before they start kindergarten. Lady Elaine quipped, "I don't understand your pedagogy." After I stopped laughing, I started reflecting.
Nursing education and preschool education converge once again. Instead of the pressure of "school readiness," I face the pressure of students being ready for their first job as a practicing nurse. The employers say the new graduates aren't ready and need to learn more as students. The instructors in the terminal courses say the students aren't prepared and need to learn more in earlier courses. Every faculty meeting brings new pressure and expectations for students to learn more faster and sooner. I wonder what Patricia Benner would think about this?
In the Land of Make Believe, Lady Elaine is won over by Lady Aberlin's pedagogical rationale and Daniel Tiger gets a reprieve from learning letters and number. I choose to believe that can be true in my neighborhood, too.