Inspired by Greta Thunberg, Raintree student leads weekly protest about climate change

2020-12-29T13:50:59-06:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Montessori, Raintree, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

By Lauren Fox, Lawrence Journal World, October 30, 2020 For over a year, 10-year-old Dylan Tenbrink has been standing outside Raintree Montessori School on Friday mornings, protesting about climate change with her sign, “Our planet, our future.” Dylan, a fifth grader, became inspired to speak out about the climate after watching a short video about Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist. “She had a really strong voice and she was able to be heard,” Dylan said of Thunberg. “She had strong feelings about the [...]

Guns vs. Children

2018-06-21T09:19:25-05:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

It makes me angry that I live in a country where some people love their guns more than they love their children.  The massacre of seventeen innocent children and teachers in Parkland, Florida has sparked a debate which has found children standing up to elected officials and the gun lobby, demanding gun safety and reform.  One of the most absurd ideas is arming teachers.  That teachers, in addition to all their other responsibilities, must worry about keeping their students safe from intruders with guns by [...]

The Third Thing: The Meaning of Life

2018-06-21T09:23:23-05:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

From The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax What’s the point of school? I ask. Why bother? To get into a good college—that’s the answer I most often hear from American high school students. So what’s the purpose of college? I ask.  To get a good job, to earn a living, the students answer. This dialogue is the basis for what I have come to call “the middle-class script.” The script reads as follows: Work hard in school so you can get into a good college. Get [...]

Peace? In Our World? by Wendy Calise

2018-06-21T09:26:37-05:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Let me start this with a true confession. I have worked in a Montessori school for more than 25 years, was a Montessori student myself, but really have not spent much time reflecting on the notion of education and peace. But recent events and the opportunity to speak to the Grandparents of our students changed that. As we drift into the season of giving thanks, it is clear that we have so much to be thankful for here in America. Such great abundance. We live [...]

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