For 20 years of working as a metapelet
not only on this country (but also) from another country.
See Nathan Fox, Attachment of Kibbutz Infants to Mother and Metapelet
, 48 CHILD DEV.
Starting with a discussion of the work of three "pioneer thinkers" and "first builders of communal education, Yehuda Polani, Shmuel Golan, and Mordechai Segal, Dror traces the theories that influenced them, their influence on communal education, and the practical results of their work: the "children's house" and metapelet (professional children's caretakers), the associations for exchange of educational ideas, etc.
The metapelet cared for the children, "took part in the children's work and social activities, or assisted the teacher" (53).
"I want it really badly because I've been working whole my life as a metapelet
and I lock my childhood dream away.
It describes the children's "house" which for years was the center of their life and from which they went for daily (or weekly, in the more rigorous Kibbutz Artzi movement) visits to their parents' "room"; it describes the youth movement which organized the same children in informal educational frameworks; it draws out the role of the "metapelet," that is the children nurse, in charge of the children house, who was a pillar of this educational system; it illuminates the importance of the children's farm, which was their direct responsibility and where they used to work every day, after studies.
From then on, the status of the metapelet's role was shattered and reduced to a caretaker.
Concessions to readers of English include background material about the kibbutz, glosses for terms such as yored, metapelet
and Nahal (twice), and presentation of theoretical discussions.