A Problem with Productivity

Lay an egg. Lay an egg. Lay an egg. This must be how it feels to be a school child in America. Do we want to raise a generation of kids that excel in following instructions to accomplish prescribed outcomes on predetermined timetables? … or do we want to raise a generation of kids that … Continue reading A Problem with Productivity

Let me be Zero – a poem about what counts in education

I delivered this poem in Amsterdam, at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Montessori Internationale, on April 17, 2016. I wrote it in response to a request that I celebrate the intersection of the mathematical and the pedagogical threads of the conference with a poetic interlude. Less than three weeks later, back at home … Continue reading Let me be Zero – a poem about what counts in education

Give them the universe.

… a gentle reminder (from Maria Montessori) not to administer instruction to children in prescribed and measured doses on the presumption that we can know what they need to learn and when. Invite them into whatever inspires … welcome their participation … stimulate their curiosity … but let their genuine  interests and appetites guide progress.