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|Originally posted by siddie
The Headstart Montessori kids did better (in high school even) due to Montessori because in order to qualify for Headstart, they have to be socioeconomically disadvantaged.
|I think the ideals are great but at the same time - eveything is SO SERIOUS. Whatever happened to PLAY? Where's the fun? I also find myself questioning what scientific evidence is behind it. Anyone else have this experience w/Montessori?|
|Originally posted by Rhonwyn
Both Montessori and Waldorf were trying to develop well rounded people who would succeed in life. What do you feel your child needs?
Originally Posted by Formermontessorian
It isn't rocket science, folks, and anyone with half a brain can easily learn the proper usage of the manipulatives.
Originally Posted by Lillianna
There is much more to this philosophy than the proper use of the materials. I have studied her philosophy for almost 10 years (AMI training, 9 years in Children's House, Master's in Ed) and I am still learning. It's not rocket science- it's Scientific Pedagogy! (Pedagogical Anthropology, M. Montessori -New York, F. A. Stokes Company, Inc., 1913; London, W, Heinemann, 1914)
She wrote about the science of education her book "The Montessori Method" Chapter1 "A Critical Consideration of the New Pedagogy in its Relation to Modern Science" - This a fascinating elaboration on a using observation and experimental science to guide educational practices. It's interesting (to me) that alot of the criticsms about her work were the same in the early part of the century as they are now (too structured, not enough "free" play, lack of fantasy, etc.) She addressed these issues in her books.
By the way, IMO, it is because of Montessori's work that play is so valued for young children. She wrote at length about this topic. Although alot of people say children should be left unguided for long periods of time to play as they like, she believed that as a adults we have a duty to provide our children guidance with opportunities to learn by working with materials that stimulate the natural inclination to play. During training, we learn how to prepare the environment - set up to respond to the child's developmental needs. Preparing the environment includes the preparation of the Directress (this is a spiritual transformation, you have to let go of previous bias towards the child's purpose in activity). She saw a direct and evolutionary purpose behind the work of the child. We all know that children love to play house, school, work,etc. Heck, I even played church and office when young. "In short, where the manufacture of toys has been brought to such a point of complication and perfection that children have at their disposal entire dolls' houses, complete wardrobes for the dressing and undressing of dolls, kitchens where they can pretend to cook, toy animals as nearly lifelike as possible, this method seeks to give all this to the child in reality-making him an actor in a living scene." IMO, people spend alot of time and money on elaborate toys but neglect materials that are truly useful to the child in her individual development. Anyone who wants to explore Montessori's views on this topic should read "The Instinct to Work" and "The Two Tasks Compared" P. 199-210 in The Secret to Childhood. To me, studying Montessori is very important and enlightening. Sometimes what you find depends on what you are looking for.
It sounds like someone offended you, formermontessorimama. You also sound a bit condescending - referring to parents who choose Montessori as neurotic (especially academics). I find that a confrontational and offensive statement but wait, you're right - "smart" families do choose Montessori! Excuse my liberties here, I just couldn't resist. Also, I feel that refering to a "liberal bias of educators" is stereotyping.
It is interesting to me that you said your daughter loved her school - despite being forced to go too soon and made to attend 5 days a week.
|My guess on why Montesorri kids do better in school is because, well, most of them are rich kids anyways and have LOTS of other benefits of that......|
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