There are a number of myths around Montessori education, that stop a lot of people from really understanding what it's about. Today we are going to address some of those myths!
MYTH 1 - Montessori sounds weird.
Montessori is named after a person, Maria Montessori. She was an Italian Doctor who lived between 1870 and 1952. There are now over 20 000 different Montessori schools and this makes it the most widely spread and popular education system on the planet. Montessori is promoted as quality education around the world.
MYTH 2 - MONTESSORI is like STEINER
Montessori education is sometimes confused with "Steiner" or "Waldorf" education, which is named after Rudolf Steiner in a German town named Waldorf. Apart from being different to Mainstream, Both education systems are quite different.
MYTH 3 - Montessori is for rich kids
Montessori education started out in the slums of Rome, and worked well with disadvantaged students and children with special needs. Though some modern schools are private, it is actually good for students in all socio-economic levels. The biggest school in the world is LUCKNOW CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL in India, with over 50 000 students.
MYTH 4 - Montessori is just for little kids
Montessori education is an approach to education which is more common between the ages of 3 - 6, though there are a number of primary schools 6 - 12, and growing numbers of secondary schools. There are also under 3 programmes, Montessori and sport programmes, Montessori and elderly and Dementia in memory care, Montessori management programmes and so on. Montessori has a rigours scientific background.
MYTH 5 – Montessori doesn’t allow play
The activity of children is important and allows them to grow and become confident. As this creation of a whole human being is a serious task, we tend to call the child’s activity work, recognising the significance of the activity. The children explore and interact with their environment as all children do. Montessori also encourages the use of technologies such as computers and devices.
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