The Benefits of a Montessori Education

One of our primary missions here at SCV, in addition to providing resources to existing Montessori schools and teachers, is advocacy for the Montessori cause more generally.

We believe that there are too many drawbacks to our current system of education globally, and a better solution is required. This is particularly evident in the United States where, despite it being one of the “most developed” and “wealthiest” nations on the planet, students struggle to master basic educational concepts, particularly in the math and sciences.

While we encourage a healthy debate over any new or proposed system of education, we believe that the Montessori philosophy has a few distinct advantages over most other educational systems in practice today.

Advantages of a Montessori Curriculum

  1. montessori curriculumStudents are encouraged to self-asses. Self-assessment is one of the most important skills an individual can have. Under the Montessori system, students learn how to set goals and evaluate themselves against those goals, a process of thinking that will stay with them throughout their lives.
  2. Students must seek their own knowledge. While there is a clear curriculum and mandatory requirements in Montessori programs, students are empowered by having the flexibility to seek their own knowledge. They can pursue areas they are interested in, which leads to more interest in their education and a commitment to their own success.
  3. Independence within Community. Finally, students of the Montessori curriculum are encouraged to develop their own independence, while participating in the rest of the school community. That is, they learn to support themselves, but know there are other people and resources in place to help them get to where they want to go, both in education and in life.

These are just a few of the many benefits of leveraging a Montessori education, and we at SCV would absolutely love to see this philosophy and these benefits adapted in programs across the country.

Even incorporating just some of these elements can have the potential to radically transform the way our children learn, and the ability for us to enjoy a sustainable, happy, and self-actualized future.

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