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Marietta Johnson

Who Was Marietta Johnson?

Marietta Johnson was an extraordinary  teacher with a simple mission: To make the world a better place by educating its children to love learning.  Known the world over as an educator and lecturer, Mrs. Johnson went the theorists of the day one better: she started a school to put in practice what she believed. John Dewey featured her in his book Schools of Tomorrow.

A proponent of a unique philosophy of progressive education, contemporary Rudolf Steiner and Maria Montessorri, Mrs. Johnson founded the School of
Organic Education in  Fairhope, Alabama. Her school had no examinations, no homework, and she did not believe any child should be allowed to fail.

A Different Kind of School

Mrs. Johnson's educational philosophy emphasizes play as an important component of learning.Physical education takes the form of folk dancing and creative games. She said, " The greatest minds are those able to use the play spirit in work."

The Idea That Started the Revolution

"Children should be active in all their learning; in fact, learning is a consequence and accompaniment of activity. Not only do we learn to do by doing, but all learning is through experience."  Marietta Johnson

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