Can you make a strong case for or against Montessori education
April 3, 2007 2:38pm CST
I have been impressed with all I have ever learned about it and now I am starting to look into preschools for my son. He will be 3 in the fall and will probably only go two days a week to preschool. Should that be a consideration when deciding for or against Montesorri? Please all educator and mommies and daddies out there give me all you know for me to consider.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
We sent my neice to a Montessori preschool. It was a total nightmare. They expected her at 3 years old (along with other kids there) to sit still for 2 hours and listen to a lecture from the teacher. When the kids couldn't they wanted the parents to get them diagnosed as ADD or ADHD and put on meds to control them. Then add to that there was this nice group of kids that picked on others but because my neice was bigger in size they didn't want to do anything about it. "After all she could stop them by hitting back," was what they told us. When we told them we didn't want her fighting back and that we wanted them stopped from abusing her their answer was there was nothing they could do. My neice was having nightmares from these girls and they wouldn't do anything about it, not even tell the kids parents. There were other problems as well but these were the two main ones. We pulled her out. Then they tried to say we owed them for a year's worth of day care. That we had a contract. They sent us a copy of this so-called contract. The name at the top was wrong and had been crossed out to reflect my neice's name and the signature had been forged. We told them that and they dropped it for a while but then a collection agency contacted us. We pointed out the problems with the contract and the fact that what parent is going to put down Lucille for Lucinda and they said they would take care of it. We never heard back again thankfully. If you go with them make sure, as with any day care, that you check on them at random times. Just show up to see what is happening. make sure your child is safe and secure. Double check everything and don't let them try to side step you on anything.
• United States
21 Feb 10
Montessori daycares are popping up in cities every 2 miles. They are not regulated, and have no connection with Montessori Society...yet parents do not know this. Anyone can open up a Montessori school. One just has to buy the manipulatives. I've seen throughout the city I live in Montessori daycare/preschools in minimalls and bottom floors of run-down apartment buildings. Many of these schools are being run by East Indian and Pakistani owners. In fact, a news article was written about this in my city about a year ago. What are these places? They are like little jails to children. They are sparse, no toys, simply tables with the ridiculous Montessori manipulatives, that children get bored with pronto. HOw many times does one have to roll up a rug? (this is a Montessori manipulative that my child did for 3 montsh at one place before we took him out.) What's really concerning is that n early every Montessori school has a policy that parents should not drop by becuase it's "disruptive" to the children - even though this is agasint state law. Parents have the right to drop by unannounced at any time. My child had a similar situation as emeraldisle wrote above. Teachers are uneducated, many dont' speak English well (they have no credentials, just a Montessori certificate ..which you can get online.) Children are expected to sit at tables -2. 3 and 4 year olds for an hour at a time. THe teachers don't even allow talking! They try to push names of continents and cities in Asia (yes! to 3 year olds) on them. T Why did I put my child in at all? WE were desperate for a daycare because my husband and I both had to work. The director told us there was yoga, Spanish, etc. We find out that none of this happened. Basically, our child spent 2 months getting time outs and rolling up a rug, and their trying to teach them phonics when the children have no clue what a letter is. I stopped by during my lunch break a few times and children were lying down so I thought all way okay. but then I droopped by another time and saw a 20 child to 1 ratio on the playground ..and this sole teacher was standing off to the side not even supervising as boys were running around hitting their fists. THe teacher =child ratio was illegal. When I spoke to director about this, she threatened to expel our child. WEll, of course, we'd had it and took our child out. Then she expected us to pay for the full year. We threatened to sue the school for misreprsentation and reported the school to licensing. A year later i I met a parent who took their child out also. She told me licensing had been out there many times to school, that a dozen parents had taken children out, that there was an injury to a child.But that licensing expanded their business and now there is 60 children on site, not 40. Huh? I'm sure there are good Montessori schools run by educated, trained teachers. But there are tons that are not! I think it's time these places are regulated. I would think there would be something American Montessori Society could do not to allow these crappy daycare places using the Montessori nomenclature from opening up. Why are parents THe director similarly erased dates on injury reports, didn't report injuries of children to licensing, etc. Teachers are constantly changing...there's a shutt
• United States
15 Nov 09
I work in a public montessori school. It is the most ridiculous excuse for education I have ever seen. It is a group of teachers that are terrible at giving any kind of instruction. The children are great at looking busy but really have no clue what they are doing. If you have a child with ADD just forget it, they will be so distracted all day they will learn nothing. Our test scores are embarrasing and I just wish the school district would shut this mess down! It is a bunch of arrogant terrible crazy teachers. I really pity the kids and parents that got sucked into this vortex. They are losing out on an education.