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How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a

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Tilda Swinton

A sentimental education: inside the school that Tilda built

Late last year, Drumduan Upper School received its first government inspection. In an era of merciless performance targets and obsessive testing, any school administrator would naturally feel apprehensive. Drumduan’s head teacher, Krzysztof Zajaczkowski, a working-class son of Polish immigrants who has an instinctive distrust of authority, expected to be shut down. He had not forgotten

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal

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Rest in Peace

Marshal Rosenberg has been an inspiration − offering tools to communicate in a peaceful paradigm. He is the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that “helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.” He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication,

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Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980) is a documentary, directed by Les Blank, about garlic, filmed primarily in Berkeley, Gilroy, Oakland and San Francisco, California; features interviews with Werner Herzog, director of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Its official premiere was at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival. In

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Beyond the Ridge

A Native American story about an old woman and her subsequent spirit journey. Once she is safely “beyond the ridge” the story focuses on the woman’s family and how ritual helps them mourn and then accept her passing. The universal wisdom this book contains will give comfort and insight on a subject that can be

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Brake Free

Brake Free (1970), the third in a series of films that Carson Davidson made on railways (the others are ‘Third Avenue El’ and ‘Railway with a heart of Gold’), is staged on the Mount Washington Cog Railway (New Hampshire). Winner of the Silver Medal, Venice International Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. Railways that climb

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Harry Bertoia’s Sculpture

Born in Italy in 1915, Harry Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943, Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and

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Sun Flight

Daedalus fashions wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from the Labyrinth of King Minos of Crete. However, when Icarus fails to heed his fathers warnings, he suffers the consequences. Gerald McDermott made just five short animated films before changing careers and becoming a Caldecott Award-winning children’s author. Sun Flight (1966) was his

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The Faith of Graffiti

“As a major serving in the British military during World War II, Jon Naar witnessed a way of life reduced to rubble. In the winter of 1973, as a fifty-something photojournalist living and working in New York, Naar once again saw a devastated landscape. But here the names of the young and dispossessed — often

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The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter (1960) 6 min, dir. Gerald McDermott. McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, a complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With

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Marshal Rosenberg

An introductory lecture on Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC, Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who founded the The Center for NonViolent Communication, beginning in the 1960s. His philosophy has also been adapted by Echo Parenting and Education and the Peaceful Parent Institute.

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