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Provide and Support or Suppress and Impose: How We Educate Children Depends on How We Understand Their Nature

It’s our choice – the adults’ choice – a rich and relevant environment of materials for spontaneous and active exploration and a subtle encouragement of the child’s innate tendencies, drives, and urges OR the imposition of an adult-devised, scheduled, and delivered curriculum for society’s imperative and a blatant system of the adult’s overriding demands, rewards, and punishments. Read more »

Home Cooked Meals in Today’s Family Life: Worth the Effort and Creativity to Make It Happen

Seems so perverse of us to do away with something wonderful from the past, something so beneficial, just because in today’s world it presents certain problems. It seems much wiser to brainstorm for solutions and modifications. Read more »

Intelligence Matters But Conscientiousness and Openness Matter More

Personality, character, common sense, practical skills, empathy – all are more valuable than intelligence to the individual, the family, the community, humanity – and the earth. And those qualities and characteristics are self-formed during childhood and adolescence through the person’s relationships and activities in the environment.  Read more »

Reshaping the Piñata: Making it Humane

Wouldn’t it be much healthier to shape piñatas like seasonal symbols of non-sentient beings – Easter eggs, pumpkins, stars, pineapples, watermelons, fancy cakes, rockets, ice cream cones, cupcakes, sombreros, giant numerals of the child’s age, etc.? Read more »

Me-First or All of Us Together

This is why Montessori homes and schools are so important; they are more collaborative than competitive, they mediate and reconcile rather than punish, they find ways to strengthen the communal bond while bringing out the best in individual members, and they celebrate variety they forged as a whole. Read more »

Heart to Heart: Transcending Our Differences

The kindness of strangers – we should all be so blessed. And we could each learn enough about the spiritual practices and music of one another to provide that kind comfort – and receive the blessings of serving one another. Children in Montessori elementary communities explore the shared values and particular practices across cultures and over time. Read more »

Developing Responsibility

Quite the opposite of the Montessori approach which emphasizes maximum effort, concentration and responsibility for the development of independence and coordination – we see here instead the easy way out! The perpetual and ubiquitous sippy cup develops carelessness, distraction, laziness and clumsiness.

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Competition and Comparison

Competition and judgment, absorbed from our environment or intentionally instilled from birth onward, steals from us our pleasure and joy in the process of doing and replaces it with comparison of our products and performances with those of others. Such a waste, the loss of many big chunks we could be enjoying in life! Read more »

Education for Demonstration and Protest

A demonstration, a protest, should be gracious, responsible, compassionate, persistent, persevering, and boldly enduring. It should be an extreme effort of non-violent struggle that transforms – an evolution, not a revolution! Read more »

Doing for Oneself

Montessori schools support children to develop and educate themselves for independence and interdependence, initiative and effort, collaboration and enlightened competition, self-advocacy and advocacy on behalf of others. Montessori gives children boots with bootstraps to pull themselves up by. Read more »

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