Myths & Facts

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Myths & Facts 2017-10-12T11:08:25+00:00

If you’re new to Montessori – or even if you’re not – you may have heard a variety of opinions. There are some persistent myths about Montessori, some of them contradictory. Here are a few of the most prevalent:

MYTH

In Montessori schools, students just do whatever they feel like doing. It’s chaotic.


 

FACT

In Montessori schools, students learn to become self-directed. But they do so precisely because there is a very thoughtful classroom structure. On any given day, teachers present lessons, students work together and help one another, and students focus individually on their own work. The teacher sets developmentally appropriate goals and specific tasks for each child and then monitors their progress.

MYTH

Montessori schools are too structured.


 

FACT

Oddly, both this myth and its opposite (above) exist. As described above, Montessori has a structure that promotes independent learning, creativity, and self-discipline, as opposed to rigidity, rote learning, and teaching for the test.

MYTH

Montessori is a religious doctrine. Sometimes it is assumed to be affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.


 

FACT

Montessori has no religious affiliation whatsoever. Like most other Montessori schools, at CVMS we deliberately create a culture of kindness and respect toward others, cultivate responsibility for the natural world, and promote understanding of the wider world with a focus on peace.

MYTH

Montessori focuses on creativity, but not on math, science, and technology.


 

FACT

The Montessori mathematics curriculum, which employs systems of materials that students manipulate, is exceptionally strong. Students develop a genuine understanding of mathematical concepts at each level. Likewise, the Montessori approach to science develops curiosity along with understanding of the scientific method and processes. At CVMS, students begin using technology at the Early Childhood level and develop increasing sophistication with every ensuing year. We provide students with a strong core of knowledge in math, science, and technology along with the ability to analyze information and solve problems alone and collaboratively.

MYTH

Montessori is elitist.


 

FACT

Quite the opposite. While CVMS does focus on excellence in all aspects of learning and development, we have a strong culture that embraces racial, cultural, and economic diversity and actively promotes respect and kindness toward all

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