Making Montessori for Everyone

“I want to pull the Montessori philosophy of education down into the dirt where it belongs.  Montessori is about a kid with a stick, digging a hole in the mud – hands dirty, engaged, fascinated, uninterrupted.” ~ Tyler Eissler, Montessori Madness!

He goes on to say that a Montessori education shouldn’t be available to only those who can afford a costly tuition.  It should be available to everyone as free education.  The question is, “How do we get there?”

So, how do you think we get there?

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16 thoughts on “Making Montessori for Everyone

  1. Montessori is still a mystery to the large majority of people. We (Montessorians) need to talk about Montessori until every single person on this beautiful earth has heard about it.

    1. We need to show people how Montessori is suitable for every human being (in school or homeschool, and most importantly in everyday life).
    2. We must dispel the myth that Montessori must come with a huge price tag.
    3. The government must recognize the Montessori method and allow teachers to implement it in all schools.

    We must never allow ourselves to tire or become complacent in this quest!

    • I agree! We must never become complacent. Where I become overwhelmed is thinking of how we can get more public schools to offer Montessori programs? I always wonder if I can do more to help the cause and what is it I can do???

  2. I totally agree with Montessori Print Shop! I did a speech at our Toastmasters group and the majority of people had no idea what Montessori was other than having heard the name before.

    Also, here in AZ there are lots of Montessori charters (some good ones, even!), so that makes Montessori more accessible for all!

    • You are so blessed to have public Montessori schools in your area. The closest one to me is 3+ hours away. I love that your spreading the Montessori philosophy through your Toastmasters Group. Every bit helps! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. :)

  3. I think it has to continue to be a grassroots effort. Here are some examples of what I mean.

    I can’t say enough good things about Tim Seldin & the Montessori Foundation and what he leads by offering the Montessori_Online Yahoo group to everyone–Montessori homeschoolers, parents –anyone who is interested. The open exchange of information and ideas–from big picture to small details by the people in that group is amazing.

    The same can be said about the countless number of bloggers–such as yourself–that post information about Montessori methodologies and pedagogy. Deb Chitwood at http://www.LivingMontessoriNow.com & Lori Bourne at http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/ are other great examples.

    And those folks that regularly post in other Montessori groups: Colleen @F5th, Jessica at Garden of Francis, Suzanne at Livable Learning and Karen Tyler at Montessori Worldwide.

    And speaking of Jessica, Karen & Lori—merchants like these three that make Montessori materials and training affordable and accessible make a huge impact on getting the word out and bringing the joy of Montessori to the common family.

    That being said, it’s time for me to get back to blogging! I’m looking to refocus my day job back on education so that forces me to blog again. Thanks for the inspiration and here’s to the grass roots!

    • Very well said! I completely agree. We have some really great Montessori Leaders and resources. Time to spread the word. Thanks for the tip on the yahoo group. I’ll have to check it out.

  4. I ditto the first comment! I also want to add that we must for those who can at least get our hands on some of the materials offer ourselves to those children whose parents are economically disadvantaged( anytime that a parent of the chidren I care for loses there job I become a member in this category). I have done this many of days I have worked for free,because I am in the opinion that the Montessori method can help bring world peace. It starts with just one child, then I hope it will spread like a wildfire. Dr. Montessori did not create her wonderful materials for the rich!! In fact she started in the slums:) Great Post!! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much for adding the charity aspect! Maria Montessori would approve. We are a tightly woven community and we need to support each other and those interested in learning about Montessori. You are a great example of that. :)

  5. Montessori IS free education in some school systems (amazingly). Unfortunately, where we live (outside of Philadelphia) it is VERY costly. We have been thinking of moving to Cincinnati (where my parents live) because they have several Montessori schools in the public school system. I’m not sure how that happened, but it has been that way for a long time, and they continue to add more schools.

    • You’re right. I’ve heard of great Montessori charter schools in Chicago, but where we live the closest public Montessori school is 3 hours away. :( We need more good public Montessori schools everywhere…for everyone. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  6. I am in the process of trying to start a Montessori Charter School on the Southern Oregon Coast….I agree that all children should have access to Montessori and should continue to love learning throughout their lifetimes as opposed to dreading “school”. I also can’t say enough good things about Tim Selden, The Montessori Foundation, and the Center for Guided Montessori Studies!

    Charter schools are still somewhat controversial but we are making headway little by little!

    • I’m so excited for you. I wish we had a Montessori charter school where we live. Thanks for all you do to spread the love of Montessori and educate our society. I wish you the best of luck in your new venture. Check back later and let us know how it goes. :)

  7. The picture of the kids with the mud and stick is not just digging but they are exploring the treasure under the ground. And to solve the expensive education problem I have introduced Montessori in my daycare so the parent can afford and kids can get Montessori education. Montessori education is the freedom to explore within certain limits. Thanks. Mrs. M.

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