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Posted by admin on February 20, 2018 in Articles

How is the child’s exploration and orientation in his physical environment complimented by the Montessori Cultural materials and presentation“’The world’ is a phrase to which no sensorial image corresponds” (Absorbent Mind, p 155), Dr Maria Montessori discovered through her accurate observations that throughout history, humans have relied on their ingenuity and adaptability for survival. Regardless of all the changes and differences between people, they all have followed similar patterns of exploration, perfection, and creativity. After years of observation, Dr. Maria Montessori was able to identify the main important tendencies that support each and every human being to construct, refine and learn about the world around him. That is why she considered the importance of introducing the abstract concept of the world in a concrete manner through the “Cultural activities”, and to everyone’s surprise, she discovered that the child was the first one in the row of audience. The child’s ability of absorption and exploration is unlimited, thus the amount of knowledge and information the child can acquire and learn are limitless. Dr. Maria Montessori stated that “the mind of the child is capable of acquiring culture at a period of life when nobody would have thought it possible” (Absorbent Mind, p 151).
Through Dr. Maria Montessori’s great observations in a large variety of cultural environments, she could extract fourteen specific behavioral traits which she called the “tendencies of man”. All these traits work on our behaviors like a single force and help the child identify specific aspects of the culture. These universal tendencies are; exploration, order, gregariousness, communication, abstraction, curiosity, calculation, repetition, concentration, self-control, perfection, creativity, independence and work, all which build up the process of cultural adaptation.
The first trait, exploration; is the secret behind discovering everything around searching for…

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Posted by admin on December 22, 2017 in Articles

Divorce in Korea & America : What Statistics does not tell us
According to the annual statistics research form the United States CDC, 3.6 Americans per 1,000 population got divorced in 2013. In Korea, the figure from the domestic legal organization’s research was 2.7 for the same year. In the global research by the OECD, divorce rates of Korea and the Unites States were ranked at the top of the list : the United States was at the world’s first place while Korea took the world’s ninth and the Asia’s first. From the quantitative viewpoint used in these researches, it seems reasonable to believe that Koreans in general are quite liberal, or at least not conservative, about divorce. In fact, that was how I thought before taking a closer look. As I researched more thoroughly to compare and contrast Korea and the United States on the issue, I couldn’t help noticing the qualitative differences between two cultures. It is clear that both of them are having a lot of breaking-up couples every year. However, there is uncomfortable reality hiding under the numbers, that Korea is not as open for divorce as the United States is. Specifically, what happens to women after they get divorced sets these top-of-the-list countries apart. One of the major differences between Korea and the Unites States on divorce issues comes from general social attitudes toward divorced women. Since divorce is now a common event in Korea, negative attitudes towards divorce is hardly observed these days. As a matter of fact, Koreans even coined the new word “Dol-Sing”, which means “a single who has returned from marriage”, to avoid using the word “Divorced” because of its negative connotation. In addition, many of the famous actresses are now starring in golden-time TV shows as “Dol-Sings”, which would have been extremely shocking and rare just a decade ago. Regarding these shows, some TV columnists pointed out that they can be a proof of Koreans’ increasing openness toward divorce. The message…