Category Archives: Preschool

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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Now it’s the Adults who Must Run to Catch Up

In the living room of a friend’s house on the 4th of July, our wide ranging story-telling drifted into stories of conflict, especially times when we had turned adversaries into friends. One of us mentioned Getting to Yes, and we … Continue reading

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More Pre School? Yes! Let’s do it Right.

One spring day Alicia, teacher of 24 pre school three and four-year-olds noticed that Tjaard, who had just turned four, was starting to sound out the words on the message board, when he came in each morning. When she gave … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Readiness

How should we prepare kids for kindergarten? Concerned that so many kids are “unprepared,” for kindergarten the Education Coalition of Decatur has come up with a checklist of skills: (1) academic (e.g. write name, recognize letters, sounds, colors and shapes), … Continue reading

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