Category Archives: Learner-centered education

How Children Naturally Learn

In order for educational settings to be successful they need to be aligned with how children naturally learn. Children’s innate curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity, playfulness, individuality, imaginativeness, resourcefulness, social intelligence, and love of learning need to be respected and supported. See: Aligning Schools With How … Continue reading

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Children Must be Guided into Creativity – Madeleine L’Engle

“There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all… Because of the very nature of the world as it is today our children receive in school … Continue reading

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Invest in Children, Not Testing. It’s That Simple.

“The best schools keep their eye on the prize—the kids—not just whether they are pleasing higher civil authorities. They see the job of adults as one of nurturing intelligence and empathy, openness to the world, while cherishing their children’s uniqueness. … Continue reading

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The Mastery Process: How Our Skills Grow

“Skills and abilities only develop when knowledge is applied directly and used creatively in meaningful situations, not on multiple choice tests. This is as true for basketball and piano playing as it is for cooking, reading, karate, mathematics, parenting, democratic … Continue reading

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Our Children are Creative by Nature

Children have a natural curiosity and creativity- and express it freely when young. They are able to learn new things rapidly, becoming proficient at communicating in their native language in their first five years. For a child the way of … Continue reading

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Schools for Democracy – Deborah Meier

I’d like to share some insightful observations from one of the “real” pioneers in education reform, Deborah Meier. In this presentation she made in Chicago, from 2006, Dr. Meier talks about how most of America’s schools function as authoritarian institutions, where democracy and collaboration are neither practiced, … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson – How Schools Kill Creativity

“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” ~Ken Robinson The following are excerpts from a transcript of Ken Robinson’s TED talk from 2006, “How Schools Kill … Continue reading

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Let a Child’s Spirit Be Free to Unfold – M. Montessori

“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator. For such a delicate mission great art is required to suggest the right moment and to limit intervention, last one should disturb or … Continue reading

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Obama & Duncan Champion Test Abuse – Gerald Bracey

“The President and his Secretary want to use existing tests, willy-nilly, to evaluate teachers. They should both be ashamed. The President should be chastised and Secretary Duncan should be fired on the simple grounds of incompetence.” -Dr. Gerald Bracey The … Continue reading

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Standardizing Education – Common Core’s Hidden Agenda

Anthony Cody’s article from last year Classrooms of the Future: Student Centered or Device Centered offers a very important analysis, looking at the hidden agenda of Common Core and the technology industry. Anthony believes that the goal of “aligning” tests and curriculum with Common … Continue reading

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