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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Food For Thought

I've been doing some research lately on homeschooling in the Montessori tradition vs. sending your child to a Montessori school.

I've found a variety of opinions but haven't yet decided what I prefer to do with my own child.

In this search I've stumbled upon the term "unschooling". It hasn't been the first time I've heard the term; this time I just did a little more research on it.

I find there are some similarities between Montessori education and Unschooling.

Here's an interesting quote I thought I would share:

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience." -- Anne Sullivan

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