Traditional Schools

There are Montessori schools, and then there are traditional schools. Except I don’t like the term “traditional schools” to describe non-Montessori schools, because it’s not accurate, and it implies that Montessori schools are somehow risky by comparison.

I’m not sure how the schools that change from New Math to The New Initial Teaching Alphabet to The Open Classroom get to be called “traditional.” Ten years ago their fad was learning styles. Teachers travelled far and wide to seminars on how some students are “auditory learners” while others are “tactile learners,” and now it appears that it was all bunk. They’re ordinary schools, unscientific schools, fad schools. Call them what you like. But what tradition they uphold, I have no idea.

The tradition of the Children’s House (1907) is older than the tradition of jazz music (1915), the diamond engagement ring (1938), or celebrating Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November (1941). Our schools are traditional schools. It’s just that our traditions are scientific. They’re natural, and they work, so we’re sticking with them.

School Makes My Head Hurt

As I have long suspected, ordinary school is a big headache.

New research from the U.S. Nationwide Children’s Hospital found there’s a 31 percent uptick in headaches among children 5 to 18 years old in the fall, according to Science Daily.

These headaches were likely caused by schedule changes and an increase in after-school activities, the study said. Headaches may also be the result of poor sleep schedules and low amounts of exercise due to the demands of a school day and homework.

If only someone would design a healthy school that didn’t bore kids into a stupor. Maybe someone like a doctor could do it.