Educating Children for Life

Subtitle: The Modern Learning Community

Author: Roeper, Annemarie

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Education; Self-Actualization

Order code: 1987

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Educating Children for Life was Annemarie Roeper's first book in which she laid out her philosophy of education and the principles behind the Roeper School for Gifted Students, which she and her husband founded. It is a beautiful and compelling statement of the philosophy of education that she spent her lifetime achieving. Roeper died in 2012, and this new edition has an introductory tribute to her from The Columbus Group.

For Annemarie Roeper, the child’s Self was paramount. She proposed a Self-Actualization Interdependence Model to structure the education of children. She argued that what is wrong with traditional education is that the weight of the entire system is brought to bear on making the child conform to the system, whereas what works is an organization that helps the child’s Self develop. Such an organization must be total, she said, and must include the ways in which all the people in the educational institution relate to one another. She called for a cooperative, interdependent structure in which consultation and discussion are key. Cooperation between the children should be fostered by the administration and the teachers, and the children should be taught to respect the Self of each child. Roeper sketched the role of the administrator, the relationships between administration and teachers, and the role of the teacher in her SAI model. She discussed curriculum, rules, and behavioral attitudes, and she included a discussion of the Roeper City and Country School experience.

This is an exquisite statement of what education could and should be.

Educating Children for Life was Annemarie Roeper's first book in which she laid out her philosophy of education and the principles behind the Roeper School for Gifted Students, which she and her husband founded. It is a beautiful and compelling statement of the philosophy of education that she spent her lifetime achieving. Roeper died in 2012, and this new edition has an introductory tribute to her from The Columbus Group.

For Annemarie Roeper, the child’s Self was paramount. She proposed a Self-Actualization Interdependence Model to structure the education of children. She argued that what is wrong with traditional education is that the weight of the entire system is brought to bear on making the child conform to the system, whereas what works is an organization that helps the child’s Self develop. Such an organization must be total, she said, and must include the ways in which all the people in the educational institution relate to one another. She called for a cooperative, interdependent structure in which consultation and discussion are key. Cooperation between the children should be fostered by the administration and the teachers, and the children should be taught to respect the Self of each child. Roeper sketched the role of the administrator, the relationships between administration and teachers, and the role of the teacher in her SAI model. She discussed curriculum, rules, and behavioral attitudes, and she included a discussion of the Roeper City and Country School experience.

This is an exquisite statement of what education could and should be.

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