News - Educate the Whole Child


*If you were the United States education secretary, what is the first thing you would do to change the American school system?* What is education for? In my view, it is to enable all students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, […]


The recent book, /Howl Like a Wolf! /by Kathleen Yale, makes an excellent resource and example for the whole child concept: make learning physical. Targeted to children 6 to 9, the amply illustrated book takes 15 different animals ranging in size from elephants to honeybees, and enthusiastically provides playful activities that have children “becoming” the […]


In Australia teachers resist mandates to eliminate play in order to “not waste valuable learning time.” The push towards more structured learning in Western Australia early years school classrooms, especially in pre-primary, has alarmed teachers and experts who are increasingly banding together to fight changes they say are harming young children. Link to full article


A new book by Sir Ken Robinson, best-selling author and longtime advocate of transforming education, discusses topics including testing, bureaucracy, and parents’ power and choices. Parents have more power and more choices than they may realize in educating their children. Many parents are worried about how the world is changing and the uncertain futures their […]

Work Toward a Whole Child Education Micro-credential

Instead of starting with the questions “How do we prepare kids to compete in the 21st century global marketplace?” or “What will insure that graduates all have command of basic skills?” suppose we start by asking what qualities we want to encourage in children as they grow toward adulthood. To develop his whole child approach […]

New Course on Whole Child Education

This summer an institute will again be offered at Molloy College on Long Island, New York, on educating the whole child. An intensive four-day experience, the course can be taken for in-service or graduate credits by teachers and principals, or for no credit by parents. The course will explore whole child education at the elementary […]

Mission Hill School Receives Whole Child Certification

Another remarkable school received Whole Child Certification in March 2017 when the Mission Hill School in Greater Boston was recognized for its extraordinary work. Founded in 1997 by educator and author Deborah Meier, Mission Hill commands respect internationally as a place where children thrive in a small learning community that emphasizes a project-based, collaborative curriculum, […]

These New York Schools Aren’t Just Letting Kids Opt Out of Testing—They’re Giving Them an Alternative

Students in the New York Performance Standards Consortium are learning to be critical thinkers, deeply engaged in their education. By Howard Martin Katzoff Originally published in The Nation – September 11, 2015 This week, children across New York State will exchange the freedom of summer for work sheets, rubrics, and minute-to-minute daily schedules posted on the […]

ESSA: NCLB Repackaged

By Stan Karp Originally published in Rethinking Schools, Volume 30 No.3 – Spring 2016 In December 2015, after years of gridlock and waivers, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s main federal education law, under the title “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was officially buried, though hardly mourned. […]

A Parents’ Guide Beyond Opting Out

by Christopher Nye To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. —Buckminster Fuller School should not be mass production. It needs to be loving and close. That is what kids need. You need love to learn. —a student at Vanguard High School in New York City In testimony before a New […]


With thanks for support and encouragement from The Myrin Institute and Orion magazine.