As we prepare for winter break and time with family, let's consider this opinion piece by Dr. Sherry Turkle of MIT, from The New York Times.
One of the best quotes: "It is not too late to reclaim our composure. I see the most hope in young people who have grown up with this technology and begin to see its cost. They respond when adults provide them with sacred spaces (the kitchen, the family room, the car) as device-free zones to reclaim conversation and self-reflection."
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.
This article from Education Week last Springhighlights the importance of spatial skills, like the ones we foster in our Early Childhood program, for later learning.
One highlight: "We start kids too early on math and reading when they don't have these foundational skills," he said. In the earliest grades, he said, "you can't just teach reading and math to get higher reading and math skills."
In the Arts Building Music Room, Early Childhood Educators Leslie Burchell-Fox, Andrea Gambardella, and Lisa Miccio discuss Child Development from Birth to Seven. In preparation, take a look at this piece on Kindergarten and preschool education, by Joan Almon, co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood.
In the High School English Room, John Wulsin, longtime High School English and Drama Teacher, speaks on Navigating Adolescence.