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Mardie

who has written 18 posts for Mardie's Papers.

Jul
23
2010

Former ‘No Child Left Behind’ Advocate Turns Critic

When education places the emphasis on testing the result is detrimental. Who pays the cost of test-driven education? The children  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124209100 [more]

Jul
23
2010

The Lack of Creative Thinking Leads to a Lack of Ingenuity

Is creativity really critical? If so, can education foster creativity? Explore these questions as you read this Newsweek article from July 10th of this year: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html [more]

Jul
23
2010

What’s the Value of Creativity?

Adults often seek to nurture creativity in children. Interestingly, young children often refer to themselves as creative. Slowly, over time this notion is devalued by adults and children loose their self-perception of creativity. What happens to creativity? View Sir Ken Robinson’s humorous explanation of what might be the biggest factor in loosing creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #13: Montessori discourages cooperation and creativity.

During these very early years the child’s brain absorbs everything around them, without filters or censors. The scientifically designed Sensorial materials fine-tune the senses to orderly receive information bombarding the child. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #12: Montessori schools apply undue pressure in learning academics.

Due to the dynamic quality of the brain, young children can absorb vast amounts of knowledge including one’s mother tongue. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #11: Montessori is not for all children.

Montessori’s philosophy of child development is timeless and inclusive of all children, regardless of where or how they live. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #10: Montessori classrooms have homogenous populations and don’t embrace cultural diversity (lack diversity in backgrounds and socio-economics).

Some are private some are public but all Montessori schools reflect the population of the community it exists in. Geography folders depict the people, places, monuments…the culture of within each region. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #9: Montessori children are not socialized and don’t play because children “work” and lessons are given individually.

Self-disciplined Lessons of Grace& Courtesy develop a sense of community and respect 3-year age groupings decreases transitions &fosters. Part of Dr. Montessori’s legacy has been promoting peace and citizenship. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #8: I never hear about famous people who attended Montessori.

Here are a couple of Montessori graduates you might have heard of. [more]

Dec
14
2009

Myth #7: Without testing and grades there is no measurement for the child’s knowledge acquired.

Individual lessons. Observation Peer-learning among the mixed ages reinforces previously acquired knowledge.  Children freely repeat activities working towards mastery at their own pace. [more]