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The threads of respectful parenting and why it’s not “alternative” parenting: Alfie Kohn follow-up.

As a qualified school and college teacher, I used to think that reward – extrinsic motivation, if you will – is the way to student success.  I was pretty good at utilising it, too, in my lessons and in training my students to pass exams. I had a toolkit of games, competitions, engaging starters and…

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Childcare, pay, status, and an early education in early education for me.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours leading a seminar of a group of childcare students. These people are dedicated, interested, thoughtful, probing and eager to bring themselves holistically into their placements and studies.  They are destined for higher education, the workforce, or further study in other areas.  They…

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“I’m a feminist… we should not be able to use gender or sex to predict the career path somebody will follow…”: Attachment Feminism and Curt Rice

Curt Rice has written for The Guardian about getting girls into science without cliches and eliminating gender bias in business. He leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research and is a professor at the University of Tromso. He shares his perspective here on gender, parenting and education.   AF: Norway is seen…

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Democratic Education – learning through play, place and natural curiosity

Democratic education builds on the natural desire and capability of children to be curious and learn. It is widely accepted that babies and toddlers learn in their own time without much intervention. The skills that children develop within the first four years of their life are enormous. They learn: – To sit and walk, – To speak…

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Our Montessori Journey: Guest Post by Jessica Marley

I was attending a community college for my associate’s degree in early childhood education when my professor suggested that I do my internship at a Montessori school in the area. I was working at the time at a traditional Christian day care and had no idea what Montessori was, so happily agreed to the new…

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