How We Do It?
“It is not a curriculum…it is an educational reorganization which reconciles the twin activities of teaching and learning. When intelligently applied, it creates conditions which enable the teacher to teach and the learner learn.”
by Helen Parkhurst
The Dalton Plan created by Helen Parkhust in the 1920s in Dalton, Massachusetts, USA grew out of the progressive movement of educational reform in the early 20th Century that reacted against the teacher-centered, “one size fits all” mode of education.
Today, there are over 200 Dalton Plan schools throughout the world, including the Dalton School in New York and Ascham School in Sydney. Many other leading schools, including Tinghua Primary School, adopt some components of the Dalton Plan while leading educators, such as the Association of Senior Professors of Peking University, are strong advocates of the Dalton Plan for education reform.
The Dalton Plan is based on a strong belief that whenever children are given responsibility for their learning, they instinctively seek the best way of achieving it and execute their decisions with focus and rigor, leading to success.
Built on this belief, the Dalton Plan believes education should:
- Tailor each student’s program to his or her needs, interests and abilities;
- Promote communication, collaboration, and a sense of responsibility and community;
- Nurture children’s skills for tomorrow, building resourcefulness, flexibility and independence.
To achieve these objectives, Parkhurst developed a three-part model which reorganizes education from teacher-centered to more child-centered, transferring critical learning responsibilities from the teacher to the child.
These three parts, namely the House, the Assignment, and the Laboratory, form the critical, structural foundation of a Dalton Education. Through these three parts, the teachers and the students work together towards individualized goals that develop the mind, the body and the spirit.
DSHK uses the Dalton Plan framework to facilitate the effective implementation of The Dalton Philosophy
I am not led,
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