An Alternate Education System – Montessori Education

Dr Montessori

Here are some thoughts on the differences between Montessori Education and Traditional Education. People often ask what is the difference? Here are some points explaining what Montessori Education is all about.

Dr. Maria Montessori said: “Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core.”

  • The students are honored not the system.
  • The students are offered reasonable choice regarding how the lessons are presented, and at what speed.
  • The curriculum is flexible for each individual child, often changing based on who is doing the learning in a certain group.
  • The children and teachers not the system are responsible for setting the learning standards.
  • Teachers have great autonomy within their own student groups.
  • Old educational paradigms are not worshiped.  New ideas are welcome.
  • Assessments are constantly changed and reworked to fit the students skills and awareness as well as the information being taught and absorbed.  (Nothing is worse than very bright children doing lessons that are too easy).

A constantly changing way of doing things is the norm throughout the history of the institution. It is probably controversial as it challenges that which does not serve the child. Give some thought about these points and if they resonate with you, please investigate your options further. All we, as parents, can give our children the following 3 things: Love, Values and Education.

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