Monday, August 1, 2011

Montessori and School Reform

This past weekend Washington D.C. played host to the SOS-Save Our Schools march to the White House. Anthony Cody organized this grass-root effort to inspire change in current narrative surrounding public education reform. One of the key messages from the march is the importance of educational policy reform that moves away from test driven environments. Rather, the group is in support of creative learning environments where students are empowered to learn and teachers are empowered to un-lock each child’s potential. In short, less educational time spent on test preparation would allow for more in-depth study and essentially, higher quality education.

As Montessorians, we know that the quality educational model Cody and his supporters seek exist everyday in our Montessori schools and classrooms. The Montessori curriculum is not test-driven. Contrarily, it is individualized and allows students freedom of choice in a dynamic, energized and free-flowing classroom. One of the rally’s keynote speakers, actor Matt Damon, emphasized the important role imagination, empowerment, and love of learning played in his education and subsequent success. Montessorians easily and readily relate to the concept of empowering the individual learner by fostering independence, creativity, and a love of the process of learning.

Click the video below to see Matt Damon’s inspiring and appreciative speech praising the importance and value of creative and empowering teachers and learning environments…

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