A Study About Montessori

Posted on December 1, 2011

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In my exploration of Montessori I stumbled across this article in favor of more “play” in education:

The Virtues of Play

I’m glad to see it supporting “play”, which I put in quotes because I think the general concept of play vs. work basically needs to be thrown out, but that’s for another blog post.

In any case they mention a study done of Montessori schools, so I wanted to mention it here:

On several dimensions, children at a public inner city Montessori school had superior outcomes relative to a sample of Montessori applicants who, because of a random lottery, attended other schools. By the end of kindergarten, the Montessori children performed better on standardized tests of reading and math, engaged in more positive interaction on the playground, and showed more advanced social cognition and executive control. They also showed more concern for fairness and justice. At the end of elementary school, Montessori children wrote more creative essays with more complex sentence structures, selected more positive responses to social dilemmas, and reported feeling more of a sense of community at their school.

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