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Originally Posted by orangewallflower View Post
I think the main difference (and I believe that they are SO different) is that M is a model that is centered around individual choice, and W is centered around whole-group activity. My reading of Matt's posting is that letting the child decide when and how quickly to learn eliminates the problem of holding kids back or pushing them forward with reading.
I do see a lot of differences between Waldorf and Montessori. I see them as fundamentally opposite in their methods and details about their philosophy, but not overall philosophy and ideals. Our ideals are the same - develop a love of learning, allow the child to grow based on an idea of developmental psychology, education for life (not for tests), caring about the whole child, and a huge list of other things. I think both forms of education work well to achieve those goals if done properly. (I'm sure there are as many poorly run Waldorf schools as there are poorly run Montessori schools).
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