Our current education approach - and the testing that is driving it - is completely at odds with what scientists understand about how children develop during the elementary school years and has led to a curriculum that is strangling children and teachers alike.
In her theoretical classroom, there would be a "few narrowly defined and deeply focused goals," including being immersed in the written and spoken word to increase literacy. And lots of play because "children learn best when they are interested in the material." (Well, duh.) I'm not saying these things can't be found in the public school system, there will always be amazing teachers out there that inspire the kids they teach while working within the crazy perimeters we (i.e., the government) set for our public educational institutions. There are parents (I'm thinking of one in particular, I'm sure you know who you are) who work hard and are very involved with their public schools to insure the education their children receive is the best it can be, but ineffectual government testing forced on even the youngest of children at public schools and the coinciding curriculums teachers are required to teach leave me considering sending Henry elsewhere*.
*And yes, Darr, that includes the Arbor School in Tualatin, which I have fallen in love with.