The child within

14 thoughts on “The child within

  1. My amazing daughter:

    1. Can throw a ball in the air and has no idea if the ball will come back down, nor where the ball will land if it decides to come down. As a 6-ball juggler I miss this.

    2. Teaches me being in the present.
    Erika: Pappa, I want ice-cream
    Me: Ok, then we have to drive to the shop
    Erika: No, now pappa

    Montessori method lets children discover by themselves.

  2. Great response to our requests for threads on deep metaphysical questions and research into ultimate physical reality. (ha ha – the laugh’s on us) No, seriously – such a Path for the kids may lead us all out! And it’s so simple. Just let the spirit play the game and be free to find its way – and stay out of the way. Since years ago, I’ve loved the premise of Montessori and schools like it. If but for “the grace of God” (ho ho) that would have been a beloved purpose line.

    I’m guessing that your own kids go to a Montessori school and if so it would be interesting to know how they’re doing compared to how they did in a Scientology school.

    1. My two oldest kids go to a Montessori school, my youngest in a Montessori kindergarten. They are doing great. It’s such an inspiring way of learning. As for how it compares to a Scientology school – I wouldn’t know as I have never really seen any kids going to such a school (we don’t have any in Norway).

  3. My oldest daughter – and only child back then of five – went to a Montessori school for a year as a 3 year old. We were pleased but then we joined the Sea Org and were in much anticipation of her receiving a “Standard Tech” education. 5 years later I enrolled her in public school in Los Angeles. At that point, she could neither read nor write nor could she practice basic hygiene. A year later, working with her each evening when I picked her up on my way home from work, she would learn to read and write at roughly a 4th grade level. Though it is a mute point now, I spent much time anguishing over my earlier decisions from that time. Today at 30 years old, she is married with a daughter of her own and graduating from medical school this coming Spring. She hopes to do her residency in anesthesiology without moving from her teaching hospital.

    Moral? Schools should be picked with care by highly involved and motivated parents. The Montessori method is a good method to consider but will not substitute effectively for a parent who is lazy, uninvolved, or otherwise absent. Every “school” is of course a huge major component of child’s education, but the most major component is the parent. The “child within” belongs to and is the responsibility of the parent to ensure what quality of education that child receives.

    Back to the OP, is Montessori better because of its quality or its quantity?

  4. Nice!! Wish I had a school like that when I grew up. I was constantly bored with the slowness in my school. I spent a lot of time helping my classmates so no one were left behind. I was around eight when I developed my own teaching techniques and I invited kids from the neighborhood so I could teach them things after school. Some teachers got upset with me when I refused to do it their way. I tried to explain how mine were more efficient, but that upset them even more. When I look back now I can see it reminds me of the Scn’s remedy for lack of mass as I used pictures, drawings, symbols and colors. 
    So most of my time in the classroom I just closed my ears and did it my way. I lost respect for traditional teaching to that degree I jumped out of the window in the middle of a class in 4th grade and walked home… (I came back the next day though)
    Sorry, but a school system like that is intended to make robots. 
    So yes, we definitely need a school reform to create and inspire future leaders. In general adults need to listen more to kids. I’ve always said kids are probably the most misunderstood in our society. They are believed to be white papers where we help them fill out the blanks. But it’s rather opposite. We can learn so much from them if we only listen. They don’t have odd social filters and considerations. And their questions and statements have a deeper meaning. I have that in mind when I have a conversation with a child. 

  5. As parents we always made sure that we answered their questions to the best of out ability at their level. We never ignored them. We kept them engaged in all different kind of educational and physical activities that they enjoyed.

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  6. Montessori teaches kids to think independently and go against the grain and follow their own heart.

    It’s amazing what happens when we create nurturing social environments. And speaking of “out of the box” results …

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