Educational Inspiration

This page is devoted to identifying and sharing educational news that matches, inspires, or helps inform the school's philosophy. The Case for Teaching Ignorance (NYT op-ed): Not knowing isn't a bad thing, so why do so many educators insist on presenting information in black-and-white-facts? Encouraging students to ask questions, even when the answers can't be easily resolved, is very, very good for a developing mind.

To Learn More, This High-Schooler Left the Classroom (NPR): Love of learning is intrinsic; without letter grades, students tend to work harder.

Why Teachers, Parents, and Society at Large Have Destroyed Kids' Love of Learning (The Atlantic): This is a must-read. One excerpt: "Is that what we want? Kids who get straight As but hate learning?"

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong (Mother Jones): Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach (one very similar to the Conscious Discipline model used at The Magnolia School) really works.

The Case Against Grades (Slate): They lower self-esteem, discourage creativity, and reinforce the class divide.

26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System (Business Insider): A full hour of recess: Check. Rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens: Check. All children are taught in the same classrooms: Check. Sounds like a recipe for success, and it is.