I’m just about to crack open this book, called Theories of Development Concepts and Applications by William Crain, and am very excited to do so even though I already have way too many books on the go! But, I’m intrigued.. upon flipping through the book, I caught a glimpse of the following passage which happens to demonstrate exactly why I am so enamored with Montessori..
Found in the “Montessori’s Educational Philosophy” chapter of the book (on page 80):
Two 6-year old boys’ views on school matters.
Notes the differences in the role of the teacher in the minds of these two children.
1. Who taught you to read?
Regular School Child: “My teacher.”
Montessori Child: “Nobody, I just read the book, and to see if I could read it.”
2. Do you get to work on anything you want?
Regular School Child: “No. But we can go to the bathroom anytime we want. But we’re not allowed to go to the bathroom more than four times.”
Montessori Child: “You can work on anything you want.”
3. What would happen if you bothered another kid who was working?
Regular School Child “I’d get in trouble from the teacher.”
Montessori Child “He’ll just say, ‘Please go away, I’m busy'” (What would you do?) “I’d just go away ’cause I don’t want to bother someone working.”