Two news articles got me thinking about kids again recently. I’ve been out of the loop of educational discussion lately, so it was good to jump back into thinking about kids’ world views. I went to The Badass Teachers and The Badass Parents Facebook groups to brush up on how they're all feeling as well.... Continue Reading →
In an attempt to standardize, leave no child behind, and reach rigid benchmarks, traditional public education introduces detrimental elements into a child’s school life. Because schools and districts are under immense pressure to show that their students are proficient, the typical American classroom requires proficiency from each child at a specific date in his development.... Continue Reading →
For decades we have been trying to push a cart with the nose of a horse. The Horse The horse is strength, freedom, individuality, and desire to run unfettered—to take an idea and explore it to its logical end, to self-direct, to be free to empower your own discovery, and, as such, your own... Continue Reading →
A toddler is constantly bumbling around from engaging activity to engaging activity, often choosing activity over food or sleep, sometimes getting herself into trouble. A toddler is frustrated when she is bored. She will demand interaction. She is not in the mood to waste her moments--ever. She soaks up every new stimulating lesson and indulges... Continue Reading →
A Child’s Natural Habitat As our school developed, I came to realize that the happiness and success we observed in students was because they attended school in a place that truly was a child’s natural habitat. A child’s natural habitat includes many important factors. Humans are dynamic, diverse beings, and the ultimate learning environment for... Continue Reading →
The flowers are wilting. Humans are not fit for the environment in which we immerse them during years of formal education. Sameness is incongruent with our natural tendencies, our innate abilities, and our true potential. American children are wilting. The longer we wait, the longer we continue anti-nurturing our youth, the worse our problems will... Continue Reading →
Unfortunately the US educational system encompasses an environment based on sameness. In an educational setting, sameness leads to confusion, doubt, lack of confidence, underachievement, lack of engagement, lack of passion, diminished potential, and in many cases bullying. Sameness begins with age-based grouping and is further sculpted by age-based benchmarks and standards. Students of the same... Continue Reading →
Frozen in time for now, but still fun to visit... http://orsch.net Visit this page to learn about Orsch's Philosophy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W79JSb87iGw&t=13s This video was created by Emily Edwards in April, 2012. It highlights some of the best parts of Orsch. Thank you Emily! We will always treasure this wonderful production.