"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to University
but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will."
- Maria Montessori
What makes Montessori Different
Montessori curriculum has a far-reaching scope compared to general educational curricula that focus on technique and time-frame of imparting knowledge. The pinnacle of Montessori curriculum is peace. Maria Montessori believed that education is the only genuine mean of bringing a lasting peace among men. Not only Montessori curriculum expanded scope of academic topics at every level, but it also fosters skills needed to make global citizens who live and work for peace. These skills are self-discipline, respect for others, appreciation of diversity, creative and critical thinking, communication and conflict-resolution skill.
Compare with Traditional education
The goal of Montessori Education is to aid life. The importance of Montessori Education is not to pass students to the next grade, but to give children a solid basis as they grow to maturity. Freedom given to children in the prepared environment helps children take charge of their own education and other responsibilities later on in their lives. Traditional education prepares children to serve in static environment where things remain constant for a relatively long period of time. Whereas, Montessori education prepares children for the present time and the future where things change quickly and unpredictably. With unlimited information available in our present time, education cannot be merely a transfer of knowledge from teacher to students any longer. Children must be equipped with tools and skills for acquiring knowledge. Teachers must know how to preserve the children's natural curiosity. Children will then be flexible, proactive, creative, motivated, and caring members of the world.