Historical Essays: Childhood in Medieval England
The most prominent character in the novel, after Krishna and his family, is the headmaster of Leela's school. He is a champion of childhood, having devoted his life to children since receiving the prediction that he would die, and believes they are 'angels' [Ch 6. p. 434], 'the real gods on earth' [Ch 6. p. 423], and employs what he calls 'The Leave Alone System' in his school
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In conclusion we might say that the quote 'What about our own roots?' which I chose as the title for this essay could apply to Krishna's journey on a number of levels. It could apply to all of us as adults, alienated from our roots in childhood; to modern Indians, alienated from their native cultural roots; and to humanity as a whole, in that we have become rational human beings, alienated from our roots in the unknown.
Any mother in Kenya knows that you wait to give a child a task until you see that she is ready for it. Any Baiga father in the forests of India knows that if a child tries something and then backs away, you leave him alone, because he will be back to try again later. Any Yup’ik elder knows that young children learn better from story than lecture, from hands-on experience than direct instruction. Any Fore parent from Papua New Guinea knows that children sometimes learn best by emulating older children, not by being taught by adults.
Montessori children learn using self-directed, self-correcting apparatus with least instruction and intervention from the teachers. There is individualised instruction and every child learns at the pace they are comfortable with. They are free to use the material any number of times and leave it if they are not ready.
A Thousand Rivers - Schooling the World
Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful comments. Ann, I agree with everything you say here; that’s why I put the word “consensus” in quotes. Of course responsible researchers have a realistic sense of the limitations of their own data, as well as a more realistic sense of the varieties of ways that children learn, and they are loathe to see early findings rushed into misguided public policy without adequate validation. It is by no means my intent to condemn all scientific research into learning and cognition, but simply to question the oversimplified version of science which leads popular journalists and politicians (and yes, some educators and researchers) to claim that we now “know” how children learn to read. (In fairness, some professionals who deal with dyslexia and other learning problems may be exaggerating the degree of scientific certainty about these phenomena in an effort to secure special services and accommodations for students who clearly need them.)
What the Modern World Has Forgotten About Children and Learning
so eloquent. wow. I have just posted this to everyone on facebook and in my homeschooling group. I wish I could persuade more people to abandon the absurd nonsense that is known as schooling. even within my homeschool group, most of the mothers are stuck in this WEIRD mindset and are harming their own kids by it! Ive sometimes thought that homeschooling according to the school-at-home method could be more harmful than just sending the child to school because all of the shaming, pressure, and ugliness are coming from the child’s own mother! but thank you for this beautiful piece of writing.
By The New York Times, Will Shortz
Thanks, Claire. That just made my day. There are lots of great resources for parents homeschooling / unschooling highly active, spirited children. You might like this article by Laura Grace Weldon, author of Free Range Learning: This article is from a slightly more mainstream perspective, but it has a lot of good practical suggestions. Check out as well. If you just get online you can find a ton of support and ideas. And don’t worry too much! Enjoy!