Succeeding At Their Own Pace

A Boston.com article on 8/26/11 offers yet another angle on what makes a Montessori school a better option. Let's just cut to Alex Beam's bottom line:
If Montessori was a stock, you would buy it.
Succeeding at their own pace - Boston.com


How Should Students Learn Math?

We're all accustomed to the Math-Path through high school. Perhaps nothing is as straightforward in registering for classes as the sequence of math classes. But is that the best way to really learn math? Yesterday's NYT essay by Sol Garfunkel (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications) on fixing math education in the U.S. asks just that question:

For instance, how often do most adults encounter a situation in which they need to solve a quadratic equation? Do they need to know what constitutes a “group of transformations” or a “complex number”? Of course professional mathematicians, physicists and engineers need to know all this, but most citizens would be better served by studying how mortgages are priced, how computers are programmed and how the statistical results of a medical trial are to be understood.
Consider the last time you used the quadratic equation versus how you felt trying to understand mortgage interest at the closing for your first house (or how to manage a household budget to be able to afford that house).

As an adult, what types of math do you wish you understood better? How would you have liked to learn them?

The beauty of an education at Post Oak is that concepts, while abstract, are grounded in applications. Often students derive the concept from the application rather than being told a concept then being asked to apply it to an application. In this approach students enjoy the reward of DISCOVERY in their work, rather than merely being presented with a history of others' discoveries.


New High School Opens in Lexington

A new Montessori high school opened this week in Lexington, Kentucky- the first in the state.

What did the students do on the first day? Work together to design the rules for the school. Of course!

Covered in the Houston Chronicle here.  Article at Kentucky.com here.


Giving Adolescents a Voice in School

A commentary today over at Education Week to give teens a voice in designing their schools.
The voice of a crucial stakeholder in education is virtually ignored by current institutional practices. I believe that students can offer unique perspectives in some cases, and community-building consensus in others.
With the goal of helping children move into adulthood, this type of approach is in line with supporting teens along a ladder of participation toward being mature and contributing members of adult society.
If we purport to be educating students for future participation in a democratic society, do we not best educate for democracy by creating democratic structures within the school and opportunities for student participation within them? If John Dewey was right that we cannot separate what we learn from the way we learn it, we ought to teach participatory democracy through real, consequential democratic action in the arena most relevant to students, their own schooling. Student participation in school improvement offers an educational opportunity for students and a way to create a culture of schooling that mirrors the culture of participation and consensus-building that we want to encourage in our communities.
(full article...)


Montessori on the Radio: NOW

Listen now to the President of Association Montessori Internationale, André Roberfroid, on Dallas station KERA. (Missed it? Listen here.)
"What is most important in the early and on-going education of a child? We’ll spend this hour with AndrĂ© Roberfroid, President of Association Montessori Internationale and former UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Program and Strategic Planning. He’s in town for the Educateurs sans Frontieres Third International Assembly, which ended today."

Apply Now! (and a location update)

That's right, the long awaited for application is now available online. You can download the PDF kit and apply right from the comfort of your couch. When you're finished, just email it back or drop it in the mail.

Spaces are limited for this first class and we know it will be a busy admissions season.

We are also preparing an announcement regarding the exact location of the high school. Stay tuned to this channel for more in the coming weeks! While you were relaxing on the beach this summer, we were making some moves in the real estate world. The magic 8-ball has no longer says, "Reply hazy, try again." It's now, "Signs point to YES"