Not blaming the half-baked bureaucracy really, because we as advanced Montessorians, haven’t done much to correct the thinking and mindset. This is due mainly to the fact that some sectors of Montessorians are of the thought they have exclusive rights to the label. No one does. That’s the reality. Guarding the workings of a Montessori styled setting is not a secret anymore.Personally, I do not allow it. I want parents and teachers to know the full value of a Montessori-styled education for children/students. Having steadfastly been a transparent educator has had its fair share of pitfalls but I enjoy learning curves.
The transparency came full circle when I installed CCTV access in 2010 to include every parent where working spaces could be observed from home/office or from anywhere in the world. The access was and still is exclusively for parents.
If a child is crying and agitated, the parents see it. They simply observe how we interact. If a child takes a toss, yes, that too is observed. If a child is not engaged, there it is for parents to view. At the onset, parents who observed quietly learned about their children; they went on to become great at parenting. Others merely took the opportunity to dig holes for the sake of it. Each evening I review the tapes. Each evening there is a story about the wonders of childhood. My research on parenting continues.
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