|Originally posted by Joan
Alexander, your posts confirm what I've suspected. I sometimes wonder though, if my experince was so typical, where did today's mathematicians come from?
Well I grew up with two. My father and my brother, (+all their friends
They are a "peculiar" group, who either absorbed all the methods faster than the teacher could provide them, ('cos it was so obvious) or did not pay any attention to the regimented classes because they were gliding over the whole thing, up in the clouds. They do not need to be taught how to add.
Incidentally, am I correct in thinking that your school is a free school? Is it for foreign students or Japanese or both? I recently read Summerhill... any connection to your school?
Well, the English as a second lang. is just a little school for once or twice a week lessons in the afternoon or evening, but we apply a goodly measure of freedom to the children within the framework of the course that we have designed for them. For example, the children themselves decide how many sheets of homework they take home, (although we do have an upper limit), they have a menu of games or activities (including drills and tests) to choose from, and we have a lot of "wierd" rules like "you must make as many mistakes as possible", something that Japanese kids are especially allergic to!!!
As for the other school, (the one to which you will be taken if you click on the www icon on my profile), this is a Democratic School in the making. It will (I hope) attract both Japanese and English speaking children between the ages of 6 and 18, (later 4-18).
Summerhill was certainly a model for Sudbury Valley School, and thus, indirectly mine. Additionally, a friend about ten years ago gave me a book on this school because I would not stop "going on" about how the Japanese had taken the American model to an extreme, and had both messed up a lot of kids, and accelerated down a blind alley, with the light turned off at the dead of night. Going in reverse seemed like such a good idea and it was the first incling I had that I could work out the form that a school specifically designed for the Information Era. It was not until I discovered Sudbury Valley School that I realized that my idea could become reality, (some-one else had proved it to me by starting "my" school 30 years before) and we decided to go ahead and start our own.
I find it very exciting that you are asking about this. I am stuck in glue, trying to create our homepage, which is currently under construction.
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