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I have been a public school teacher for 9+ years, with an M.A. in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am also AMI Montessori certified, with a masters in Montessori Education.
1. Montessori is a public domain name, so just because something calls itself Montessori doesn't mean that it necessarily is. Furthermore, each school, even if it is certified by AMI or AMS, has its own personality.
2. Montessori should not be restrictive, but allow choice, while providing structure. If your child did not have enough to do, the teacher wasn't providing enough new activities.
3. Maria Montessori advocates for physical activity.
4. The idea of play, princesses, superheroes, etc., is a relatively modern and Western-world phenomenon. Historically, children were used and assigned chores as part of the family and community. I don't think play, imaginary characters, etc., are bad, but I wouldn't necessarily say that's all young children should do. Princess and superhero play doesn't exist in most developing countries, and historically, but that is not to the detriment of children. Moreover, young children don't distinguish between work and play, until adults define it as such. That is why children love cleaning up, if you make it game like and are enthusiastic about it like it is fun.
We need to re-frame our thinking to see outside of our personal beliefs and experiences, as billions of people around the world and historically do not necessarily think about children the way we in the modern Western world do.
I believe in Montessori, and research does show it resulting in academic success, as well as helping develop social and emotional skills/characteristics(and even the founders of Google point to their Montessori educations as influential in their success), but I also believe other effectively implemented philosophies (and parenting) can be effective. You may not agree with it, but I also think you may not have a full understanding of the philosophy and method.
I’m asking for your ideas about how to make real play possible for kids again.
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