Specialty Programs and Courses
Forever University. Washington, DC
Exceptional 21st-century education (21stCE) is not an emergent practice. The promotion of personal narratives and the 21stCE pillars of differentiation, individualization, and personalization can be found in the early 20th-century works of Dewey, Malaguzzi, Vygotsky, and Montessori. The development of Arete and Eudaimonia date back to the Socratic Schools of Ancient Greece. The haptic and exploratory learning methods have been practiced by Indigenous cultures since the beginning of time.
Following from Montessori’s observations on the ‘second plane of development’ and the students’ Montessori school experience, models naturally promote group work and socialization with emphasis on development of reason and imagination, cultivation of intellectual independence, exploration of morality, and the introduction of nuanced modes of communication. (e.g. debate, dialogue, discussion, dialectic etc.)
There are three primary drivers of this initiative:
- To instill the parents’ values surrounding education, specifically the developing competencies that equip young people to take up challenges with confidence and alacrity.
- To support and broaden each child’s day-to-day education in such a way that nurtures each child’s natural enthusiasm for learning.
- To provide exceptional 21st-century-relevant education with an emphasis on experimental and exploratory learning.