Tuesday, November 9, 2010

An Ode to the One Room Schoolhouse

An oldie but a goodie from Mothering magazine:
As I observed successful multiage classrooms in Canada and Washington State before the creation of the multiage class my own kids would eventually take part in, I noticed that every child was on his or her own individual path of learning in a continuum that mutually supported the greater social structure (in this case, the other classmates) around them. I realized I was witnessing a touch of that "village." Many different ages and skill levels interacted, competitiveness naturally melted away, and the higher forms of human interaction--such as the desire to help others--came forward. When there is no obvious unit of measurement to be compared to, competitiveness has less fuel to grow on. 
Read the whole article here.

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