Advantages and Disadvantages of Montessori Education
Montessori Education was developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori an Italian physician & educator. She is considered to be the mother of Montessori education. She believed in the overall human development of the child and not only the academic aspect of development. She believed in five principles of Montessori Education which are-
- The Absorbent Mind
- Sensitive Periods
- The Prepared Environment
- Auto Education
- The Teacher’s Role
Montessori Education is an unconventional way of educating children on the basis of their own experiences & their surroundings. The teachers are just there to provide the desired help the children require by making their presence felt not too much and allowing the children to grow on their own. Their main aim is to help children tackle the problem instead of tackling it for them. There are a lot of advantages of becoming Montessori teachers. Some of them being-
- Using unconventional methods to promote overall development of a child instead of using bookish methods or sticking to the script methods, by doing so teacher’s help in keeping the children at bay with cutting edge development.
- There is no pressure of sticking to a curriculum as framed by institutions. Teachers have full expression of freedom in choosing methods though unconventional yet effective which would help in the overall human development of the child.
- As teachers you will help the children develop communication skills, help them tackle problems, solve conflicts and place emphasis on solutions.
- You will teach children to capitalize their strengths and interests in order to learn a specific set of skills in contrast of teaching them through rote memorization.
- It will help children become independent, self sufficient and self motivated. It will give them a new outlook on life.
- As teachers you will help children in becoming more aware, active and concerned citizens of the world. Children are likely to become more socially aware of their actions and the impact they leave on the society.
- As teachers you can integrate education with the latest affairs in science, history, social studies, geography and world news. This is another way of encouraging a child to become more aware of his surroundings.
Despite so many perks and benefits Montessori education also has a downside to it. Some of them being-
- Even though being around for decades parents have not warmed up to the idea of Montessori Education. Before children even parents have to be educated about Montessori.
- Montessori Education is often mistaken for Waldorf and/or Summerhill education so you will have to clarify this and lay down the differences for the parent to see from the very beginning.
- It is very difficult of discipline a child as most of the progress is about being self taught and being self sufficient, also it is difficult to measure a child’s progress as the environment is not competitive enough.
- Children may also experience difficulty when making transition to a more real, more competitive world as Montessori is more laid back.
- The cost of Montessori Education is also quiet high as compared to other mode of education.
As everything in this world, Montessori education also has two sides to it so weigh your pros and cons and decide what’s best for your children’s future.