Conventional Education vs. Montessori

CONVENTIONAL
Late start at school (5-6)
One age per class
Seated at desks
Little socialization
Large group lessons
Teacher as source of answers
Rewards and punishments
Adult centered schedule
Frequent interruptions
Limited curriculum
Peer comparison as test
Emphasis on grades
Emphasis on conformity
Annual promotion
Teacher a disciplinarian
Corporal punishment
Little parent involvement
Graded report cards
MONTESSORI
Early start at school (2-3)
Three-year age span per class
Freedom to move about
Community atmosphere
Individual lessons
Self-correcting materials
Natural, logical consequences
Child centered schedule
Longer free work periods
Enhanced curriculum
Progress of student as test
Emphasis on learning
Emphasis on individuality
Progress at individual rate
Emphasis on “self control”
PEACE in education
Strong school/home ties
Observation based progress report
Researched by:

Eugene A. Haggarty
ED 177.07 (Educational Validities)
Experimental College
San Francisco State College
Center for Montessori Teacher Education
25 Roxbury Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583