Montessori’s new frontier: Special education – wp-jola. This is a very exciting continuation of Montessori’s work, with these most dedicated Montessorians. I have had the good fortune of being in a workshop with Carol Alver and have often wished I could sit down and ask her a multitude of questions. I can’t wait to see what comes of this group of inspiring individuals.
Defying Gravity: Science at home. This homeschool parent talks about how she pulls together her science curriculum and gives some links to various recommended sites.
This is a TEDx done by Jacob Barnett 11 years old, diagnosed with Autism. He offers a fresh look on the purpose of education, and the benefits of education that puts the child first. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I feel that working with my son with “special needs” forces me to constantly review the material that I make available, how I make it available and check my agenda at the door. Constantly re negotiating the chatter in my head and seek to aid him in finding his passion, or great work that he feels engaged in. I seems obvious that not all individuals seek in the same way or through the same mental process, and for or my intense and emotionally sensitive child, I would hope that there is a place for his kind of passion, his brand of being in the world.
If the goal perhaps is to use your gift to its most joyful proportion while being of service to yourself and others, perhaps might find a wealth of ability instead of a rising disability. Perhaps we miss what innovative and unexpected possibilities are available in the absence of an overwhelming pressure to perform within the agreed upon parameters of success, and more importantly what is missing is evident in the mental health of our communities but is mostly ignored as though it did not exist. For now I trust that my passion is somehow wrapped up in my son’s discovery of his own and hope we will eventually find our way, or at lease find something worth our joyful efforts. Forget what you know – knowledge in a fresh perspective by Jacob Barnett | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization.
In this time of shifting needs in education it is exciting to see this pioneering spirit seeking to transform education putting the child at the center, and the outcome a product of re-invigorating education, producing innovation, and lifelong learning as well as a cooperative community environment that seeks to serve one another as they seek to extend knowledge and possibility to all who choose to seek it. Hurray.
This is such a beautiful example of being in the midst of the moment and choosing to say no to what is not working and yes to what is, I hope that I can hold on to it and remember it in my moments of fear and frustration!
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