Montessori vs Traditional Education
Here is a helpful comparison of Montessori and traditional education.
|Active Individualized Learning through stimulating, multi-sensory teaching materials.
|Passive Class Learning through teacher-centered class lessons, paperwork.
|Multi-age Class is a natural social environment that includes a wide range of ages and fosters self-motivation. Students enjoy working for their own sense of accomplishment.
|Chronological Grouping necessitates external rewards such as grades, competition and social conformity.
|Freedom of Choice involves decision-making. Students select their work according to individual interests.
|Class Curriculum demands that students cover the same work at the same time.
|Working at One’s Own Pace enables students to work for long periods without interruption. Each individual works at his potential, independent of the class.
|Group Learning involves each academic subject being scheduled for a limited period. Each student is directly affected by the progress of the whole class.
|Integral Education balances academic work with freedom of movement and harmony is created between physical, social and mental activities. There is an interrelationship between subjects.
|Fragmented Education provides academic subjects that are not interrelated. Periods of intense mental efforts are alternated with periods of vigorous physical activity to release tension.
|Independence is fostered by a classroom that is specifically designed to encourage maximum development.
|Dependency is promoted since the activities are initiated by the teacher.
|Self-evaluation occurs as students learn to evaluate their work objectively through the use of self-correcting teaching materials and individual work with the teacher
|Class Comparison occurs as work is evaluated and graded by the teacher. Students evaluate themselves against the group as best or worst in the class.
|Close Student-Teacher Interaction enables complete and precise evaluation of student’s progress, both academically and psychologically.
|Class Oriented Teaching prevents close interaction between individual students and teacher. Standardized tests are necessary to determine student progress.