This November, the J. Ardis Bell Library was pleased to receive the following submission of a book review from a community member and friend of the library, Pablo Calderon.
Written by Elizabeth Palley and Corey S. Shdaimah, In Our Hands is a well- researched and logically crafted discussion of child care policy in the United States. It addresses a progression of essential topics for understanding how we have arrived at our current child care policy. The book reviews the history and role of interest groups in the development of current U.S. child care policies.
The book provides an analysis of how individual and group interests, values and beliefs have become aligned with child care policies. “The United States was founded on Lockean ideas of liberalism, which included the notion that all people are created equal and have basic natural rights such as the right to social contracts, which should not be infringed upon by government.” (p.23) Many Americans have long believed that individuals should be able to care for their own families and that the place of women is at home. Therefore, child care is seen as an individual problem that each family must resolve on its own.
In contrast, most industrialized societies assume that women care for families and children and may work outside the home. These nations believe family policies are state matters and have developed universal policies to address the need to care for children.
About the reviewer: Pablo F. Calderón is a retired community advocate. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a long time resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently a member of the Early Learning Alliance and a board member of SPARC, an initiative to improve the quality of out-of-school-time youth programs.
If you are interested in seeing more of our collection of Guest Book Reviews, stop by the upper level of the NE Library between now and early December. We have several of them on display for you to peruse, along with a short biographical sketch of each reviewer. If you like what you see, you can even pick up a copy of the books right then and there… including In Our Hands !
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