|Pervasive emphasis on grades, merits, and social conformity.
|Self-humanization as root motivation. Teachers have strong observational skills and direct lessons based on their observations for each child.
|Children are grouped chronologically by only one age per class.
|Classrooms have students with a 2 to 3-year age span. Older children mentor and younger children learn from their example. Respect is paramount.
|Children are seated at a desk most of the time for group lessons.
|Children work at tables, on a carpet, or on a mat. They have freedom of movement. They enjoy natural, sensory and cultural experiences.
|Children are taught using society's conforming values.
|Children are in direct contact with developmental materials. They are provided with lessons based on their individual learning pace.
|Class schedules limit the child's involvement.
|Long blocks of time for engaging in work permits invaluable concentration.
|Children are not interrupted by bells or adult interventions.
|Relatively few interruptions. A child may work on something for as long as they are engaged in their work.
|Postponement of cognitive development until Grade 1.
|Critical cognitive skills are developed before the age of six. Children learn to problem solve.
|Teachers "correct" and point out "errors" in the student's work.
|Children learn through self-corrective materials and through their peers. The role of the teacher is to provide the lessons, sequenced steps, and to guide the child along the way with the right assistance.
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