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The Third Metric

Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post has been promoting her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder with recent blog posts and radio interviews.

In this related article, Waldorf math teacher Lisa Babinet  highlights the importance of not only preparing students academically but also "preparing the students for a life of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving". This is the gift of Waldorf® Education.

Dr. Susan Linn at GMWS next Tuesday

April 29, 7:30pm in the Arts Building Music Room, free and open to the public:

The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood, with Dr. Susan Linn, a sought-after speaker, co-founder and director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

An award-winning producer, writer, and puppeteer, Dr. Linn is the author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World, and Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood and lectures internationally on reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers.

At Dr. Linn's request, this talk will not be videotaped for our website, so don't miss the live event!  

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

We'll be posting our college acceptance list for the Class of 2014 soon, but we thought this article from The New York Times was excellent food for thought.

On the debate about Common Core

Thank you to guest blogger & GMWS parent Beatrice Burgis for this post!

This article is an emotional first-person account by two mothers who wrestle with the effects of standardized testing on their elementary-aged children.  The Common Core standards initiative, which has been adopted by 45 states, has had its share of both supporters and critics, but mounting evidence suggests that the rigors of preparing for tests, particularly among the youngest students, may have a harmful effect on learning in the long run. 

In contrast, Waldorf® Education meets children where they are developmentally, rather than adopt a homogeneous approach that focuses more on memorization than in-depth comprehension and personal experience. One of the hundreds of comments following the article sums it up best: "I don't want a standardized child."  At every age, Waldorf students are encouraged to explore their environment with curiosity, enthusiasm, and respect, thereby fostering a life-long love of learning.  

Why Are These Kindergarten Children Harvesting Potatoes?

(Photo from October 2012)

There are so many reasons...but let's start with these:

  • Because science begins with nature study and observation. They are learning how food is grown and harvested, while developing an intuitive and reverential respect for the earth and its processes and cycles.
  • Because life-long health (social, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive) includes being in the fresh air and sunshine, alongside friends, as we work on a cooperative project together, share opportunities to ask questions and solve problems, and build our will and our muscles.
  • Because life requires that we get involved. These children are being given an important chance to be engaged, helpful, and focused.  

Cursive Writing Makes Kids Smarter

A professor of Neuroscience at Texas A & M University, William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D., wrote this excellent piece that supports teaching cursive, an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum. 

Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

This article from last week in The Atlantic reminds us about the differences between acquiring information and learning, between seeing and understanding.

Tony Porter: A Call to Men

Take a look at this TED talk by Tony Porter, who comes to GMWS regularly to work with students.

Posted by vlarson in parenting, success, self-expression, self-confidence, men, boys, feminism, stereotypes, TED talks, alienation, girls, self-esteem on Monday November 18, 2013 at 09:32AM
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