Archive | Failing Education in America

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

A New Take on Dickens: A Tale of Five Children – Part 1, Regina and Clarissa I have three grown children, one son and two daughters. My older daughter, Lydia, is working on her PhD in Victorian Literature. We were having a conversation the other day about a book she was reading by Charles Dickens, […]

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“If help and salvation are to come they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of man.” ~Maria Montessori

Child’s Play Is No Trivial Matter

All Work is Child’s Play? Dr. Maria Montessori called play the work of the child. She recognized the vast importance and productivity of play activities in the development of children. “Such experience is not just play […] it is work he must do in order to grow up.” ~Dr. Maria Montessori And yet, the division of […]

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Should Children Still Learn Cursive Handwriting?

Déjà school? Parent teacher conferences were different this year. I’m not sure if it was because I live in a more metropolitan area than I used to, or because my child is now in Middle School and has seven teachers. Whatever the reason, my son’s parent-teacher conferences went something like this: parents attended ten-minute group “classes” […]

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Rotten to the core?

Is Education in America Rotten to the Common Core?

U.S. students tested below average in math, and barely average in science and reading, when compared to more than 60 other developed countries (according to Program for International Student Assessment.) If you have been following the current news reports regarding Common Core Educational Standards in the U.S., you know that the sobering statistic above is […]

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If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

From the Heart of an Age of Montessori Student Many of you have seen Trevor Eissler’s wonderful video, Montessori Madness. If you haven’t, I suggest you go to our website and see it there. Click on Training and Making a Difference to find it. Trevor is a friend and respected colleague. We did a webinar […]

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Top 10 Reasons for Parents to Learn the Montessori Method

1. Parents are their children’s first and foremost teachers.  By knowing how your child learns and develops, you can maximize his or her learning experience. 2. Maria Montessori taught us that children under the age of six are in the midst of important “sensitive periods” of development.  By understanding these sensitive periods, parents can fulfill […]

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Why Montessori Education Works

What are Sensitive Periods and Why are they Important? Through a lifetime of observation and study, Maria Montessori discovered that all children experience intense phases of growth, (physically, mentally, and emotionally,) especially in the first 6 years of life.  She called these phases “sensitive periods.”  A sensitive period is a critical window of opportunity during which […]

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Montessori Education: Giving Our Children the Best Chance

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, the White House website asked readers to share their responses. It said, “Highlight a passage of the speech that was meaningful to you and tell the President how you’re connected to that issue.” I decided to take them up on their invitation.   Here is the passage […]

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