Torit School Blog

“Great”- a subjective adjective

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

A Slogan that Won a Country November 8, 2016 solidified my dislike of Twitter and the dissolution of our societal discourse to 140 characters or less.    Donald Trump settled on a slogan with just about 25 characters, which slogan ended up carrying the day with almost half of all Americans — enough to win […]

Shred The Class Schedule: An Interdisciplinary Education Mandate

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Subjects in Primary school make no sense.    There is no reason to teach history separate from English, separate from library, separate from drama or choir.   Nor is there a benefit to separating science from math from art from geography. Subject matter blocks of time in schools stem from a general preference for “expertise” that is […]

Kindergarten Admissions — Do We Have This Right???!!!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

What a tough week this has been for so many wonderful parents and children in New England – Kindergarten Decisions Week!   Wait, what?!! We are not talking about college acceptances here, for which my own parents waited with baited breath during my senior year of high school. (With my acceptance to Yale, it was as […]

Affinity Groups – A Dangerous Form of “Benign” Discrimination

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Rating: Fold ‘Em    On this day celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, it is incumbent upon us to examine whether we are making adequate progress in fulfilling his dream.   A concept gaining traction nationally in independent schools has me doubting our progress. Prominent New England private school have established “children of color […]

Never Too Young to Code??? Wrong…. Traditional Foundations Matter Even for “New” Skills and STEM

Monday, January 12th, 2015

 Rating: Fold ‘Em!    As we all try to get a “handle” on the rapid pace of technological change, schools feel the pressure to be “teaching technology.” (As an aside, we must all stop throwing around the word technology, especially in talking about whether or not it is “good for kids” without taking some much more […]

Frequent Assessments Edge Out Practice and Problem-Solving

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Frequent Assessment of Concept Mastery Edges Out Inter-disciplinary Concept “Practice” and Problem-Solving November 10, 2014 This weekend’s Boston Globe article by James Vaznis did a great service in bringing public attention to the issue of potential ‘over-testing.’   Assessment does have its place. After all, the quality of education delivered to every student, regardless of […]

RE-Inventing the Wheel… Poorly! (Introduction)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Welcome to what will be a running commentary on topics in education, admittedly from the perspective of a strongly dedicated Montessorian (but also an attorney, finance professional, mother of two… and a host of other passions in a “previous life.”) I will be thrilled if you find yourself borrowing ideas from this for any of […]