The Montessori method is over 100 years old but more relevant in today’s world than ever before. Modern brain research shows that Dr. Maria Montessori “basically got it all right”, according to Dr. Steve Hughes, University of Minnesota Medical School, as he explains in Montessori and the Future of Education.
Father of three and pilot-turned-Montessori-advocate, Trevor Eissler, articulates in a few minutes the differences between Montessori and conventional education in Montessori Madness. To Eissler, “the fanning of this inner flame, the inner drive to learn and develop, is the core contrast between Montessori schools and conventional schools…Children do not need to be forced to learn, in fact, children are naturally interested in learning…Montessori schools stoke that flame by providing hands-on, self-paced, collaborative, challenging, joyful learning.”
Angeline Lillard’s 2006 study published in Science, Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes Than Traditional Methods, finds that Montessori children are significantly more prepared academically, and even showed higher levels of positive social and behavioral skills.
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