Category Archives: Enthusiasm

Management Kills Education

I love No Child Left Behind. In May of 2002 I visited our local public school, hung out on the playground and just generally lurked. As the kids were waiting to go home at the end of the day, I … Continue reading

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Learning is a Self-Organizing System

What can you trust kids to do on their own? Almost anything if you play your cards right. Please follow and like us:

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The Secret of Raising Responsible Kids (Hint: Don’t Make it Easy.).

My daughter and I take turns behind the wheel driving south through Virginia on I-81 with my 10-year-old granddaughter in the back. Riding shotgun, Brooke calls home to tell her 13-year-old daughter and husband that we will be arriving tomorrow … Continue reading

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When Schooling is an Education, School Bullying Isn’t Even an Issue

 May I Ask Where You’re Going With All This? A New Yorker cartoon shows a teacher at a blackboard with numbers on it: 2 + 2 = 4, and 5 – 3 = 2, and 2 + 3 = 5, … Continue reading

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Montessori Management: Everything You Need to Run an Organization

Everything you need to know to run an organization you can learn by watching a great kindergarten teacher. Early in September The Economist published an article by Schumpeter entitled “Montessori management” (sic) using Montessori and “progressive” education as a straw … Continue reading

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