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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?


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  • May 10 2013: Post 2/3:
    My experience with Montessori was only positive. Note that this is the *real* Montessori, the AMI - the organisation that Maria Montessori herself set up - not one of the thousands of schools that pick and choose a few materials from Montessori's collection and slap on the Montessori name for good measure. The teachers were inspired and motivated - without doubt the best teachers I've met. The attention given to each student is amazing, and the children learn both individually and from each other. The children learned lots of important and challenging concepts, but without really realising that they were there to learn - they thought they were playing and having fun. They loved going to school every morning, and when my oldest was asked by an adult during a vacation if she was enjoying the time off from school (as if school is supposed to be boring) she replied, no, I want to go back to school.
    That said, this is not the case for ordinary public education in the UK, nor private, regardless of how expensive. The reason AMI Montessori is so exceptional is that they do not teach on blackboards and text books, but by experience. They learn by doing, not parroting.

    (I'll continue with the Philippines in the next post)

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