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My DH and I have started the great research project on Preschools. We live in New York City and there are a *lot* of choices.
I've read some John Holt and Alfie Kohn... I'm very adamant about DS going to a progressive school, it seems Reggio is a type of progressive school... or maybe they are separate but I'm interested in either Progressive or Reggio.
My husband just found out that two blocks from our house is one of the top ten high schools in the country, which is an International Baccalaureate school. Doing some research into them I learned the IB philosophy also has a primary and middle school programs. Their literature used a lot of the catch-phrases like 'project based', 'theme based', child-led, cooperative learning that sounds very progressive (plus the international-basis rather than US-centric curriculum sounds great). But I'm not sure... I've also heard that IB is uber-competitive and assigns an extraordinary amount of homework (high school was specifically addressed).
Of course my child doesn't have to stay in one program for all his years but it seems that it makes it easier on kids if they do...
I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with IB PYP (primary years programme) and whether it has similarities to Reggio or Progressive schools, or if it is just an elite version of traditional education?
Marija, mama to Jordan 7/30/07
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