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Pre-school non-education vs Montessori education
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2009-08-05 04:38
Over the weekend The Herald reported the abject failure of state-sponsored early childhood education.
Grotesque news, when you think about it, to which David Farrar commented that
and talked about his niece who “turned five late last year and could proudly count to 100 and back – both in English and Maori. I sort of assumed that counting to 100 was pretty standard for pre-school. Certainly counting to 20 should have occurred.” It certainly should, but even that’s hardly stretching anybody.
I responded at Kiwiblog that both Mr Farrar and the Ministry have their sights sets pretty low – and it’s almost tragic that even the Ministry’s low standards are not being met. In good Montessori schools however, I pointed out,
Like I said, when you can see what children can achieve at good Montessori schools, too see what passes even for success in mainstream schools is heart breaking. And it’s important to realise that the results I cite above – such as counting and understanding the concept of one million, doing long division and binomial equations, and reading and writing their own short stories – are achieved by pushing Montessori children into achieving those sort of results. But far from it — it’s the kids who are pushed who generally don’t achieve. As I went on to say at Kiwiblog:
Now it’s often thought that what good Montessori schools do for children is some sort of miracle. but that’s just not true. It’s not a miracle; it’s simply good science. Montessori education works because, as a forthcoming visitor to New Zealand points out, “Montessori education parallels what is known about brain development.”
Dr Steven Hughes is a neurologist and paediatrician who fell in love with what Montessori education can do when he sent his own children to Montessori school, and quickly realised what was going on in front of his eyes at school mirrored what he was seeing in his own scientific research on brain development.
Hughes is an assistant professor of paediatrics and neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the USA and will be visiting Auckland soon after a speaking tour of all major Australian cities – and I’d highly recommend going along and hearing what he has to say. Everyone I know who’s seen him talk before says he’s outstanding. From the ad for the Auckland public lecture on September 18 at AUT’s Northcote campus.
You can get a ticket to this event from your local Montessori centres or schools or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or freephone 0800336612. But be quick. The Montessori Association of NZ has kept the cost low at only $10 per person for early-bird bookers, which deadline runs out soon. Visit the MANZ website for more information.
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