What do we believe?
by Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein. Visit: www.superdrmaria.com
Do we believe that all children (black, white, brown, yellow, red) can
· Create companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook
· Invent a job, not just find a job
· Be recruited for their innovation skills, rather than their entertainment, athletic or manual skills?
If yes, then shouldn’t our schools be places where
· Questions are just as important as answers
· Failure is a promising beginning, not a distressing end
· Learning is a labor of love, not just labor.
What schools are like that?
Isn’t Montessori for rich kids?
NO! There are over 300 public Montessori schools in the USA that children can attend absolutely free and that number is growing.
The Milwaukee NAACP noted in a July 2011 report:
“Prospects for educational achievement are brightest for Milwaukee Public School
students who are enrolled in Montessori Schools.”
In Dallas, East Dallas Community Schools use the Montessori method with these results:
“In a neighborhood where the high school graduation rate is less than 50% (and the majority of families are low-income), 94% of our third-grade alumni have graduated from high school; 88% of those have gone on to college.”
Alief Montessori Community School was recently ranked by the Houston Chronicle 7th out of 1000 Houston public elementary schools while having one of the lowest per-pupil spending amounts in Houston
Anne Williams-Isom, the COO of Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone (Canada was prominently featured in the documentary “Waiting for Superman”) states:
“Somehow Maria Montessori understood differential learning long before it became a fancy term. …I agree that the Montessori Method could have many positive implications for the education of children who grow up in economically disadvantaged families and underserved communities…there are also countless benefits to having a calm and peaceful environment [that Montessori provides] – especially for children who live in stressful situations. For those children who may to be growing up in chaotic circumstances, calm and order can actually have a profound and healing effect.”