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Chamber: Education, workforce affect business development | Local News

VALDOSTA —The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce held a Members To Be Heard: Education & Workforce Development meeting recently at the City Hall Annex.


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Amanda Johnson, education and workforce development chairman, facilitated discussions focusing on development issues that affect community business development.

Speakers presented information to help the community know what chamber member businesses need from local, state and federal legislators as it relates to education and the workforce.

 Alma Williams presented information on early childhood education

“It takes more time to un-teach something that has been taught incorrectly than it does to teach it right the first time,” she said.

Benefits of early childhood education, she said, include:

• improved socialization skills

• less need for special education in later years

• enhanced attention span that promotes time-on task skills

• more likely to graduate high school and go to college

• fewer behavioral issues, and less likely to be involved in crime

Issues in early childhood education, she said, include: 

• a gap between policy and implementation

• more emphasis is put on academics than play, technology is replacing play at home and school

• lack of teacher-directed education; more computer-directed education cause to miss personal interactions

• family involvement missing in learning experience

• educators live in fear of…

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