Just yesterday I read an article that articulated all of these things so well. You can find it here: https://www.diygenius.com/the-montessori-method-creating-innovators/. The author, Kyle Pearce, makes a compelling argument for Montessori education, asserting that many of the tenets of the Montessori philosophy encourage students to be more creative and innovative in their thinking. It seems that I am constantly reading articles about our struggling public education system. I think Kyle hits the nail on the head when he notes, “failure is discouraged and conformity is encouraged”. I hear this from so many parents that are looking for a different environment for their children. Don’t we learn more from our failures? Does the correct answer on a standardized test ensure success?
Furthermore, individuality should be celebrated. Doesn’t every parent want their child to discover their passion? Don’t we all want to encourage and nurture the characteristics and talents that make our individual children unique? That is the difference in a Montessori school. Each child is valued for their distinct contribution. They are urged to question what’s going on, look for solutions, try, fail, learn from their mistakes and try again. There may be more than one correct answer to a question, or way of approaching a problem. There is not always one ‘right’ way. We encourage independent thinking.
If you want your child to be creative, adaptable and self-motivated, consider a Montessori education. Visit LifeSong. We have an open house Thursday night from 5-7 pm. Come and see for yourself. We would love to share Montessori with you. Please join us!