Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More links

This is NOT what I would want for my kids' jr. high years:
 For core subject areas, students will work on a computer-based curriculum, which is aligned with the Sunshine State Standards for middle school but allows flexibility and individualized pacing that is consistent with our Montessori philosophy.

Yes, sure, self-paced learning is consistent with Montessori, but the computer-based curriculum is on the other end of the spectrum from her idea of the kids being involved in a farm or other type of community and academics would not be a focus!

Something better: http://www.montessori.org/story.php?id=69

I do think it's a shame that the Montessori age grouping isn't maintained in a lot of the middle schools, because middles schools in the US tend to run from grades 6-8. Since grade 6 is part of the upper elementary for Montessori, that just leaves grades 7-8 for most Montessori middle schools. They're missing the kids who are 14 turning 15 in a lot of cases.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. I think that since the secondary Montessori is so new that people don't have a grasp of what Montessori entails. More education is needed to the mainstream education system/public.