A week or so later his teacher reported triumphantly that Charlie willingly engaged in academics. We would eventually move Charlie back to public school because he requires more structure.
If we are to take children seriously, and not just apply the model of edutainment to education, it will be with a realignment of the ways in which we think about learning itself.
I'm often asked what works in education. After starting and leading public schools in Texas for nearly four decades, my response is straightforward: Start young, involve parents, empower children in their own development and be patient in fostering their eventual success.
In a very real, almost palpable sense, accelerators harken back to the forgotten days of apprentices, where the long afternoons of tedious practice spent toiling in the hot afternoon sun were rewarded by the cool breeze of Olympian-Inspired dreams captured by the main nightly event.
When faced with an opportunity to grow our educational app company, Montessorium, in the heart of Silicon Valley, or try to keep it in our hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we were confronted with a rather arduous choice.
As we looked at the calendar, and started to plan the week, we wanted to make a special note of Maria Montessori's birthday. We found ourselves wanting to celebrate, to wish her good tidings and spread her joy of learning through a birthday card.
When traditionalists threatened to discredit our Montessori school because of our involvement with digital education, Steve Jobs sent us an inspirational note. "Don't be discouraged by the traditionalists," he wrote. "The parents and kids will prove you right. Just keep going." Upon reflection, that advice has never seemed more relevant, or more important.
All sides of the vitriolic public education debate are missing a fundamental point: our changing society presents new challenges that require us to fundamentally rethink our concept of school.
Are smaller class sizes the key to breathing new life into today's public schools, or a misguided effort to solve the problems of a dying era? I am surprised to say I have come to believe it's the latter.
I've breastfed and I've formula fed and I double dog dare you to be correct when you tell me which child is which.
Tracy Keller and her wife Dawn told WFAA that they'd hoped to enroll their 3-year-old son, Landry, at the New Beginnings
In Kildare, Ireland, St. Brigid's Cathedral was packed on that lovely sunny 9th of June, 2011 when horse racing's close-knit community came to pay respects to retired trainer, Sue Doyle on the Curragh in Co. Kildare.
JH: Whew, I’m all talk nerd-ied out! But as you can see, as children, we all have that natural curiosity for science. So
I look forward to the day when I am not so annoying to Hannah anymore -- either because I earn my cool card back or because she herself ends up in the Annoying Moms Club thanks to the actions of her own children. But until then, I'll enjoy the company of all the other moms who are members.
Just three years old, tablets, and the iPad in particular, have turned out to be phenomenal tools for the under-six set. At no other time have parents had a sophisticated and user-friendly product that demonstrates kids' innate logic and abilities.
We want him to ice skate in Central Park, to go to the Bronx Zoo and to see a Picasso anytime he wants. We want him to go to a Bar Mitzvah and a quinceañera and eat dim sum in Chinatown. We want him to decide for himself whether he's a Mets or Yankees fan.
As a mom who blogs about cooking for kids, there are two things that I keep reading about: an inspiring Montessori approach to eating, and weird news stories about BPA. That's why I decided to pack up the plastic dishes this week. The new ones are glass (gulp), porcelain (double gulp) and metal (actually, no gulp).
In more than one hundred and fifty interviews for this book -- lengthy conversations with scores of innovators and their parents, teachers, and mentors -- passion was the most frequently recurring word.
Montessori environments are doing more than merely training attention. Flow in a Montessori classroom fosters a love of learning, something computerized attention training games can't do.