Back to School Letter, From Kids

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author Anna Quindlen spent much of her early career describing the challenges and triumphs of parenting young children. An avid reader, Quindlen also writes about the transformative value of good literature, for adults and children. Like other deep thinkers, Quindlen notices “before and after events” in families and in books,Continue reading “Back to School Letter, From Kids”

Why Wait?

Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.–Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child Anna Many years ago I had a student who was an unintentional and most unlikely source of great inspiration.  Where Anna is now, I couldn’t say.  I suppose she is in the midst ofContinue reading “Why Wait?”

Montessori’s Second Period

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.  It could not be otherwise for she is impelled to know that the seeds of value sown in her have been winnowed.  She never outgrows the burden of love, and to the end she carries the weight of hopeContinue reading “Montessori’s Second Period”

Screen Time and Childhood

Years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement addressing children’s screen time that created a media hubbub.  The statement was weak and ineffective. The ruckus was in grand disproportion to the Academy’s ho-hum recommendation that parents “avoid television for children under the age of two years”  (Brown 2011).  It generated no positiveContinue reading “Screen Time and Childhood”