[DWJ] Attitude

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Dec 28 16:45:07 EST 2006

minnow discoursed eloquently on the subject of children with independent 

I have been following a similar philosophy with my daughter with the 
result that she often gets called a "free spirit" in tones which vary 
from approving to mildly disgusted. There is a certain brand of teacher 
who finds children who can think for themselves frightening and 
repulsive. My daughter got a very low mark for "works independently" in 
her new school, which surprised me because she had 3 years of Montesorri 
pre-school. Curiously, I asked her new teacher what her criteria were, 
and it turns out that "works independently" actually means "sits down 
quietly and does what I just told her to do."


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