Mothers as Educators Essay by Master Researcher

Mothers as Educators
This paper takes a look at the role of the mother as educator of her child or children, including her history and function today.
# 84559 | 2,250 words | 5 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Women Studies (Culture) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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The paper examines the role of the mother as educator of her child or children. The paper contends that firstly, the expectations of mother as educator are glossed. Then the paper studies the historical role of sole and first educator that the mother has traditionally held. Next, the paper mentions the phenomenon of working mothers and the use of day care centers as surrogate mothers and teachers. Finally, the paper discusses instances of underprivileged children and home schooled children.

From the Paper:

"One of the most important works by the impressionist painter Mary Cassatt is "Family Group Reading," a beautiful and touching painting made in 1901. In the painting, a mother is depicted with her child on her lap, the two of them reading a book together. The aesthetic and monetary importance and value of this painting to the world of art is for another subject and another paper entirely. But the statement that this work makes on the subject of a mother's role as educator to her children is priceless. In Cassatt's time in turn-of-the-century France, most children of her class were raised and educated by nurses or nannies, not by their mothers."

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