Montessori Sun Times Winter 2016 Newsletter : Page 1

A newsletter for The Children’s House community in Traverse City · Winter 2016 www.traversechildrenshouse.org Our Children’s Future is Different Than Our Own It is natural, when we think about our children’s education, to view their future through the lens of our own Michele Shane educational Head of School experiences. There are many academics in the field of education now, Dr. Yong Zhao and Mauricio Flores to name two, who are talking about the ever-changing landscape of our global economy. They are stressing the importance of looking at our children’s future through a very different lens than our own. In a lecture this summer to The Montessori Administrators As-sociation, Yong Zhao stated: • Consider the WHAT of education and the affect of the outcomes that actually matter for our children. Determine what test results mean. Does performing well on tests lead to children who can actually do things better? 20 years ago, there were no smart phones and google was just getting off the ground. Most of the jobs from then no longer exist. We could not have possibly predicted what the future held based on limited knowl-edge we had in the past Our high educational prior-ity is to provide children the ability to be independent. College graduates are not leaving with skills that will allow them to get jobs in the current market. This is not because they are under educated, but rather mis-educated. • The best schools should be ready for any child. This is the opposite of conventional education where students have to fit into a prescribed model. Authority prescribed cur-riculum leads to readiness verified by standardized exams. This used to work in the era of factory workers to do what they were told, but is no longer adequate. • creation lies in the innovative application of intellectual capabilities. In this economic environment, there are two things every parent must keep in mind when thinking about their children’s education: 1) to be successful in a knowledge economy marked by an accelerating rate of both technological and social innovation, your children will probably have to “reinvent” themselves more than once in their lifetime, and 2) we have to face the fact that people skilled at innovation will reap disproportionate rewards. Thus, schools should be promoting creative thinking in students. Unfortunately, education is still dominated by the concept of learning as a kind of factory produc-tion. In contrast, Maria Montessori realized over 100 years ago that fostering creativity is a key educational goal. • Dr. Zhao left us all thinking about how his points relate to our Montessori schools. We were charged with challenging our thinking to ensure we are providing the best educational model to launch our students into a successful future, in this 21st Century. Mauricio Flores, JD, has written an article that echoes Dr. Zhao’s points. The key points are noted below with the link for you to view the full article. KEY POINTS • A new “knowledge economy” has arisen in which the primary source of wealth • • • Click here to read the full article. • Upcoming School Dates: Winter-Spring March 9-13 Montessori Model United Nations in NYC, 6th years March 26 Financial Aid and Co-op Applications due March 26-April 1 Spring Break May 2 Maypole Celebration May 6 Gala -A Mid-Mod Mixer May 11 Elementary Research Fair May 27 Grandparents’ Day May 30 Memorial Day Campus Closed June 6 Extended Day Farewell June 8 6th & 8th Year Farewell June 10 Closing Ceremonies Dance of the Cosmos June 20 TCH Summer Adventures begin! • •

Our Children’s Future Is Different Than Our Own

It is natural, when we think about our children’s education, to view their future through the lens of our own educational experiences. There are many academics in the field of education now, Dr. Yong Zhao and Mauricio Flores to name two, who are talking about the ever-changing landscape of our global economy. They are stressing the importance of looking at our children’s future through a very different lens than our own.

In a lecture this summer to The Montessori Administrators Association, Yong Zhao stated:

• Consider the WHAT of education and the affect of the outcomes that actually matter for our children.

• Determine what test results mean. Does performing well on tests lead to children who can actually do things better?

• 20 years ago, there were no smart phones and google was just getting off the ground. Most of the jobs from then no longer exist. We could not have possibly predicted what the future held based on limited knowledge we had in the past

• Our high educational priority is to provide children the ability to be independent.

• College graduates are not leaving with skills that will allow them to get jobs in the current market. This is not because they are under educated, but rather mis-educated.

• The best schools should be ready for any child. This is the opposite of conventional education where students have to fit into a prescribed model.

• Authority prescribed curriculum leads to readiness verified by standardized exams. This used to work in the era of factory workers to do what they were told, but is no longer adequate.

Dr. Zhao left us all thinking about how his points relate to our Montessori schools. We were charged with challenging our thinking to ensure we are providing the best educational model to launch our students into a successful future, in this 21st Century.

Mauricio Flores, JD, has written an article that echoes Dr. Zhao’s points. The key points are noted below with the link for you to view the full article.

KEY POINTS

• A new “knowledge economy” has arisen in which the primary source of wealth creation lies in the innovative application of intellectual capabilities.

• In this economic environment, there are two things every parent must keep in mind when thinking about their children’s education: 1) to be successful in a knowledge economy marked by an accelerating rate of both technological and social innovation, your children will probably have to “reinvent” themselves more than once in their lifetime, and 2) we have to face the fact that people skilled at innovation will reap disproportionate rewards.

• Thus, schools should be promoting creative thinking in students. Unfortunately, education is still dominated by the concept of learning as a kind of factory production.

• In contrast, Maria Montessori realized over 100 years ago that fostering creativity is a key educational goal.

Click here to read the full article.

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/Our+Children%E2%80%99s+Future+Is+Different+Than+Our+Own/2415726/292644/article.html.

Upcoming School Dates: Winter-Spring

March 9-13

Montessori Model United Nations in NYC, 6th years

March 26

Financial Aid and Co-op Applications due

March 26-April 1

Spring Break

May 2

Maypole Celebration

May 6

Gala - A Mid-Mod Mixer

May 11

Elementary Research Fair

May 27

Grandparents’ Day

May 30

Memorial Day Campus Closed

June 6

Extended Day Farewell

June 8

6th & 8th Year Farewell

June 10

Closing Ceremonies Dance of the Cosmos

June 20

TCH Summer Adventures begin!

Read the full article at http://digital.zoompubs.com/article/Upcoming+School+Dates%3A+Winter-Spring/2415729/292644/article.html.

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