Montessori: The Missing Voice in The Education Reform Debate

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Montessori: The Missing Voice in The Education Reform Debate
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Sat, 01-28-2012 - 8:21am

Over a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered through scientific observations of children that they are not empty vessels to be filled -- they are intrinsically motivated doers. She saw that providing a hands-on learning environment that valued choice, concentration, collaboration, community, curiosity, and real-world application produced lifelong learners who viewed "work" as something interesting
and fulfilling instead of drudgery to be avoided. Now, research in psychology and neuroscience continually validates Dr. Montessori's conclusions about children and learning, and Montessori schools are flourishing -- not just preschools but, increasingly, elementary, middle and secondary schools. So as the education reform debate thunders on, with the many sides agreeing on little beyond the fact that our schools as they are currently designed are failing our children, I can't help but wonder: Where is the voice of the Montessori movement in the American school reform conversation?

read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-flores-shaw/montessori-education-debate_b_1237451.html

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Montessori was one of the great educational thinkers of the progressive movement.

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The book is, "Montessori and the Special Child" by R.C. Orem.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
I am a Preprimary Montessori trained teacher. My son attended Montessori from the age of 2 through Kindergarten. After that he began attending our local public school, we live in a wonderful district. My reason for switching him at the time was that our school did not have an Elem. program and even a few years later when it did I kept him in public school b/c he had then been diagnosed w/ Dyslexia. I had always known he learned differently and when he was in the 3rd grade I finally learned why. I will have to pick up that book. I see children everyday who I know will be LD at some point. Many Montessori teachers have a difficult time educating 'the special child' when in reality I think that's what Montessori was created for in the first place.

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