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New Study Shows Montessori Can Level the Playing Field for Low-income Kids

About 150 years ago, the Western world, in the midst of a major industrial revolution, began an experiment. It started gathering all children during weekdays into rooms where teachers told them what they should know: memorizing letter symbols to read and bits of knowledge to recite and repeat on tests. Learning was rewarded in various ways.Soon the rooms contained only children of a single age, because it was more efficient. Learning had never been like this before. Previously for most children, learning was (and still is) done by apprenticeship, often one-on-one, with children observing adults who tutor them to gradually take over the tasks. Children's rewards lie in accomplishment of the tasks.For the more well-off half of the population, the new system of mass schooling has worked out OK. However, for lower income children, the system is a failure. Many lower-income children do not learn and many drop out. We try various means to address this, recently with charter schools, but these programs operate as conventional schools.  Continue reading...

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