It’s time to let the wholeness of the child engage with the wholeness of the world.
AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
To the extent that we narrow the purpose of schooling to what can be measured, we fail to
engage those sides of children that must be developed in order for them to pull learning
from life. We also increase the likelihood that they will be bored, question the value of
school, and in many cases drop out.
Instead of starting with the questions “How do we prepare kids to compete in the 21 st
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.
The learning environment in City Neighbors schools deserves special recognition because it has been achieved despite formidable challenges, especially entrenched poverty, and lack of funding for innovative educational programs and practices.
Mission Hill School
The superior guiding social, emotional and academic principles and practices at Mission Hill are clearly reflected in student behavior, teachers’ professionalism, and parent involvement. Together these factors ensure that every student at the school is engaged, nurtured, and loved each day.
The Project School
The Project School started with the founding educators’ collective dream to create an authentic, democratically-led school grounded in core beliefs and values of heart-mind-voice, which are infused into everything happening in the school.
Educating for Human Greatness
Stoddard dares to propose we teach as if we could make a difference in areas like integrity, initiative, and imagination. Subjects like reading, writing, and math are taught, but as tools to help grow the qualities of human greatness.Learn More
David Sobel’s work with place-based education develops another path for engaging the whole child. His more recent Children and Nature, Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools with Gregory Smith explores the subject in greater depth.Learn More
Vivian Gussin Paley
Discussions of play-based learning can be found in the works of Vivian Gussin Paley, notably in books such as The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter and a Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play.Learn More