6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

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Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019
The anticipation of a new school year is, after a lifetime in education, a familiar combination of great excitement and a few nerves. Summer passes fast and there is never enough time for the things I want to do like reading, being in the company of people who challenge my thinking and spending time in the Adirondacks without internet or cellphone. Time is almost up as summer rolls into fall and I write this letter for the last time as director of MCS. For one more year, I know I’ll be back...
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019
The Manhattan Country School 5th grade visited both Hanford Mills Museum and the New York Power Authority Visitors Center, tying to their study of energy later in the school year. Hanford Mills is a “living history” museum that provides a glimpse into the life of people living and working in the Catskill Mountain region in the mid-1800’s. An operating mill site since 1846, for most of its commercial life Hanford Mills was owned and operated by the family of David Josiah Hanford, who purchased...
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2019
Delivered at the June 7, 2019 State of School And Final Parents' Association Meeting A week ago, upon the arrival of the 9-10s’ pen pals from Roxbury Central School, two 9-10s greeted their bus as it pulled up out front. “Welcome to our school. We call our teachers by first names here -- no last names.”  This child was not prompted to say this, but somehow knew that this was important information to convey. What this child intuitively senses, I believe, is that this pronouncement is more than...
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2019
Delivered at the June 7, 2019 State of the School and Final Parents' Association Meeting “A Place Where the Children Are Going to Make ‘This Land Is My Land, Our Land’” As a school year comes to a close, there are always memorable moments that flash through our minds and this year is no exception. So much goes into a school year, and the work we all do together can sometimes cloud the moments of clarity. I am happy to have been a part of the work, and to have shared some incredible...
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Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2019
Delivered at the June 7, 2019 State of the School and Final Parents' Association Meeting EMPOWERMENT and LIBERATION This is the year that I joined your ranks as a parent. A large part of this year has been about the juxtaposition of working with adolescents and teachers here at MCS and then going home to sing the ABC song and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” because Zora’s face lights up and she sometimes says in her lispy, one-year-old voice “eieio.” Here we talk about big ideas like climate...

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