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Speaker March 30 to focus on educational alternatives to societal 'war on children'

      
Kim John Payne.
Courtesy of simplicityparenting.com
A nationally known education consultant/trainer who believes that modern society “is waging an undeclared war on childhood,” will speak at the Mountain Song Community School Wednesday, March 30.
       Kim John Payne of Northampton, Mass., is the author of the book, “Simplicity Parenting,” and founding director of the Center for Social Sustainability.
       Scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the presentation is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15 per individual or $25 for a couple, or “pay what is meaningful,” a press release states. For more information, call 203-6364.
       Now in its third year, Mountain Song is a free, state-chartered K-7 school (enrollment about 300) at 2904 W. Kiowa St. It focuses on the Waldorf instructional philosophy, which guides students toward thinking effectively, so that they can handle the challenges of a changing world.
       Payne has worked with Waldorf leaders in the United States and Great Britain. On his Simplicity Parenting website, he states that “today's busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed - with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time - children feel the pressure.”
       Payne pledges to help parents “reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need, allowing their children's attention to focus and their individuality to flourish.”
       Mountain Song implemented this year the Three Stream Student Support system that Payne created, “and it's been very successful,” said school Director Raj Solanki.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 3/20/16; Schools: ( Other than District 11)

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