5 Contemporary Influences

T. Berry Brazeelton (1918-2018)

  • He was a pediatrician who not only published parenting books but had a television series entitled, What Every Baby Knows
  • Primary focus was on the emotional and behavioral development of children
  • Advocated for parental leave
  • He developed an evaluation toot called the Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale for newborns also known as the Brazelton

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961)[1][2]

  • Opposed the notion that whiteness is superior.
  • Leader in the study and dismantling of Anti-black racism.
  • Fought for the De-institutionalization of people with mental health disorders.

David Elkind

  • Psychologist who advocated for allowing children time to investigate their environment
  • Studied with Jean Piaget
  • Published the book The Hurried Child in 1981 which addressed the implications of children being hurried to grow up.
  • Calls attention to the need to afford children the opportunity to be children

Alfie Kohn

  • Believes that children should be internally motivated rather than externally motivated
  • Wrote a book entitled Punished by Rewards
  • Proposed that rewards provide only temporary compliance and in the long run children lose interest in what they had to do to get the reward

Dan Siegel

  • Clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine of Psychiatry
  • Director of the Mindset Institute which offers seminars on mindfulness
  • Defines mindfulness as the practice of inter- and intrapersonal atonement
  • Focuses on family interactions and how attachment influences emotions and behavior

Dr Bruce Perry

  • Brain researcher who focuses on how the brain is impacted by early traumatic experiences.
  • Wrote or co-wrote the following books:
    • The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss
    • Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered

Gloria Ladson-Billings [3][4]

  • Coined the phrase Culturally Relevant pedagogy
  • Proposed the theory of education debt
  • Advocates for critical race theory
  • Author of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms


  1. Drabinski, J. (2019, March 14). Frantz fanon. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved April 4, 2022, from https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/frantz-fanon/
  2. Frantz Fanon. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved April 4, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frantz_Fanon?msclkid=adbc348fb41c11ecbdafb7b63001f72
  3. Gloria Ladson-Billings. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved April 4, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Ladson-Billings?msclkid=d3fd2e86b42a11ecab8186a300e4177a
  4. National Academy of Education. (n.d.) Gloria Ladson-Billings profile page [image]. https://naeducation.org/our-members/gloria-ladson-billings/

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