A Distressing Image of Education

A Distressing Image of Education

In my local newspaper today there is an article about a nearby school district considering a year-round school schedule. As one who is trying to figure out how to make meaningful changes in the public school context… how to provide for children an education that...
The Gift Of The Awake Mind

The Gift Of The Awake Mind

I taught Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten (4’s and 5’s) in the same school for nearly 4 decades. For 26 years, essentially the entire time I was in JK, we were Reggio inspired. I had noticed early on a remarkable difference from my pre-Reggio...
The Child’s Right To Try

The Child’s Right To Try

I’ve been thinking lately about the right of children to “try.” So much of data-driven, test-apprehensive pedagogy has set the shared value at the right answer. Failure is to be avoided at all costs. If they can’t pass the standardized test,...