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Bursting the Montessori Bubble

"At what point do you burst the Montessori bubble?" a friend recently asked.  She has two young children in Montessori, but is considering taking the traditional education route once they finish Primary. My first thought was, Why would you want to burst it?

Why leave Montessori if you don't have to?

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But my friend is not alone in her concern: many parents feel that Montessori shelters children from tests, grades, and competition.  Based on their own...

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Letting the Child Lead the Way

You might be familiar with the idea thatchildren learn best when they are following their interests. But you might not know that by "following the child", you're also helping them develop executive functions: skills like impulse control, delayed gratification, problem-solving, strategizing and concentrating, whicharemuch bigger determinants for success in life than IQ.

I recently attended a talk by Dr. Steven Hughes, where he focused on the development in childhood of executive functions.I...

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How School Should Be

I must admit I have mixed feelings about Trevor Eissler's newest video. I find the first half a little harsh and melodramatic (and hey, I'm clearly not a fan of traditional education). Some public and private schools are making an effort to think outside the box and buck the testing trend, and they're having some success.

I also don't understand the title of the video. Seems a bit over-the-top, as if saying that Montessori children are somehow "better" than children educated by other method....

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