She believed that children were not blank slates, but that they had inherent, individual gifts.
It was a teacher’s job to help children find these gifts, rather than dictating what a child should know. She emphasized autonomy, self-directed learning and learning from peers.
In his poem, “The Way It Is,” poet William Stafford wrote about a “thread” that each person follows. Each person’s thread is unique. “It goes among things that change but it doesn’t change.” You could think of this thread as a person’s gifts or even as his destiny. Continue Reading »