Countryside Montessori Blog

What is Education?

  Or maybe the more important question is what should education be?   Historically, the sole purpose of education was to transfer academic content as efficiently as possible, without much regard for the aspects of the student's social, emotional and character development.   But I think most of us would agree from our school experiences, that fractions and physics were [...]

Millennials: Fact or Fiction

Much has been said about Millennials, their upbringing, and their attitudes and approaches to work and life. Is it the typical, "When I was young..." generational gap? Or is there something more to it? Simon Sinek, author and national presenter, shares his thoughts about the topic.     Is there truth to it? How might it be affecting today's parents? [...]

How Are We All Supposed to Keep Up?

Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You For Being Late, has given me a lot to think about, and I am only half way through. In this book he examines life in the “age of acceleration” from many different perspectives. This of course has me thinking about what it means for education.   Friedman Quotes Eric Teller, the CEO of GoogleX’s [...]

Myth #5 Good Parents Prevent Failure

The last part to our good parent mythology series ends with these last 4 points about preventing your child's failures: Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children Good parents prevent failure Good parents do not allow suffering Good parents never allow their children to get hurt Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children This is now [...]

Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success

Continuing our series of good parenting mythology here are 3 more points... Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success  Good parents send their children to lots of classes that develop skills that will look great on their resumes The more you do for your children, the better prepared for their future they are Your child's success is your trophy [...]

Myth #3: Good Parents are not Disciplinarians

Continuing our series about the tectonic shift in parenting culture, here are seven more statements claimed by the myth that "good parents are not disciplinarians." Parents don’t have to be the adults in the room. If you do it right, your teenagers will be your friends and tell you everything. Consequences are harsh and old-fashioned. Good parents are partners with [...]