Anarchy & the EYLF Pirates

Refuse. Resist. Rebuild.

The Pirates

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Who are your EYLF Pirates of Anarchy?

Awilda Longstocking. Part infamous pirate. Part childhood icon. Part teacher.

Gráinne O’Malley. Accomplished. Erudite. Polyglot. Renegade. Contrary. Unruly. Iconoclast. A fine needlewoman, good cook and reliable wetnurse. Sometimes mistaken. Never dull.

Jeanne de Clisson. The Lioness of Brittany. Determined. Resourceful. Creative. Strong sense of justice, some might interpret as vindictive. Not called “The Lioness” for nothing. Infamous. Stylish ship owner. Teacher. Keeper of ‘The Parrot.’

The Parrot. She bites. You bleed.


2 comments on “The Pirates

  1. Pam Lancaster
    March 10, 2014


    Just reading the blog about children’s interests reminded me of a situation that I had arise a while ago. 3 – 5 room. We (me and a group of children) had been having some discussions about guns and whether it was OK to point them at people – children had been role-playing police/soldiers, putting baddies in jail and so on. In response to my question “What are you doing” as yet another smaller person was accosted into the corner of our yard, I was patiently explained to that it was OK because the child had agreed to be the baddy and go to jail. They looked so happy about this that I gently reminded them that police and soldier are not having fun when they have to use guns and we had a discussion around the realities of the role-play. One of the children’s father was a serving soldier in Afghanistan and two other parents were local detectives – so the role-play was something very much a part of their current world. The discussion also led into current news around the subject of people being placed on islands and soldiers guarding them.
    We had a resource of a book/CD with a story of a child in a refugee camp and later in the day we shared this story together.
    Next morning saw a vocal parent protest about how dreadful it was that I has exposed a child to this story. The parent’s response was that children should be protected from that sort of information.
    I did use this in a newsletter to address the subject of child led interests given that the conversation was genuine, detailed, and had been treated sensitively and respectfully but given the parent response and can understand why some educators might be hesitant about addressing anything that could generate such a response.
    Not sure if this was the correct place to put a reply. Enjoying you blogs and sharing them with educators that work with me.


  2. Narelle
    January 6, 2015

    I really enjoy your blog and I do like the pirate analogy but I really struggle not knowing who you are and what you do!! Lots of bloggers are deciding to blog anonymously when it comes to all of the topics you guys cover.

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