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Honors Thesis

Patchwork Practices: A Critical Review of the Montessori Public School Subject

Available from: Duke University Libraries

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Abstract/Notes: In the wake of late twentieth century educational reforms like No Child Left Behind and the Every Student Succeeds Act, American public schools have become increasingly subjected to standardized accountability testing, which has made student success on standardized tests the primary criterion of federal funding for struggling schools. Billed as an equalizer of academic achievement, these standardizing measures have both overseen increasing “inequality” as well as deterioration in the breadth of educational curriculum as teachers are incentivized to "teach to the test." This thesis is a critical analysis of the Montessori method within this flattened, test-focused environment. Through an analysis of educational reform in the market-driven, neoliberal moment; a comparison between the educational philosophies of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Maria Montessori, and Thomas Jefferson; and a compilation of fictive ethnography, I explore the tensions that arise within a public Montessori environment. I show how the public school system limits and constrains the Montessori method, and how the subject of Montessori is seemingly at odds with the public school subject. I argue that if the Montessori method is updated with pieces of Dewey’s and Freire’s philosophies and practices, we can create a public setting of high performing learners who can also think critically.

Language: English

Published: Durham, North Carolina, 2019

Conference Paper

Multi-Age and Non-Graded: The Most Critical Component of Authentic Montessori? (Freedom of movement between the 3-6 and 6-12 Environments - Benefits and Challenges)

Montessori Association of Australia Conference

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Language: English

Published: Canberra, Australia, 2008

Article

Kritische Anmerkungen zur Propaganda der Montessorischule [Critical comments on the propaganda of the Montessori School]

Publication: Katholische Zeitschrift für Erziehung und Unterricht

Pages: 225-263, 290-308

Montessori schools, Propaganda

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Language: German

Article

Transforming Practice: A Critical Interrogation of Montessori

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 35, no. 3

Pages: 40

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Abstract/Notes: Montessori's Feminist Activism and Child Advocacy As I have argued elsewhere, unearthing and identifying Montessori's feminist histories as a justice-driven project can act as a springboard for ongoing practices of justice and care in contemporary times (Mohandas, 2023). Besides addressing the dominant themes of the suffrage movement, such as women's right to vote and own property, she also addressed the issue of female teachers' low status and pay and their adverse working conditions-problems that persist today. Locating Montessori in Its Colonial Capitalist Context n addition to recognizing Montessori's advocacy and social justice efforts, we need simultaneously to situate Montessori in the colonial capitalist contexts from which it arose. [...]the point I wish to reiterate is that we must situate the Montessori approach in its wider political, social, economic, and historical context to effectively do justice-related work in contemporary times. Intersectionality as Means for Deep Coalition Whiteness as a system and mechanism of power values and privileges particular features and qualities that are inextricably enmeshed in certain economic drives.

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Master's Thesis (Unpublished)

A Critical Evaluation of Madame Montessori's Pedagogy

Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Language: English

Published: New York, 1917

Book

The Montessori System of Education Stated in Dr. Montessori's Own Words: Twenty Topics for Critical Comparison with the European Tradition of Educational Doctrine and Practice

Maria Montessori - Writings

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Language: English

Published: Dublin, Ireland: Department of Education, University College, 1932

Article

The Prospect for the Scientific Study of Kindergarten Education [with Critical Attention to the Methodology of Dr. Montessori]

Available from: HathiTrust

Publication: The Kindergarten and First Grade, vol. 2, no. 5

Pages: 189-194

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Language: English

Article

Shared Reading: Critical to a Balanced Reading Program

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 29, no. 3

Pages: 14–19

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Language: English

Article

Every Mother Should Read Dr. W. N. Hailman's Critical Analysis 'Is Montessori the Educational Columbus?' [advertisement]

Available from: NewsBank - San Diego Union Historical

Publication: San Diego Union (San Diego, California)

Pages: 3

Americas, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., North America, United States of America

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Language: English

Article

Every Mother Should Read Dr. W. N. Hailman's Critical Analysis 'Is Montessori the Educational Columbus?' [advertisement]

Available from: NewsBank - San Diego Union Historical

Publication: San Diego Union (San Diego, California)

Pages: 4

Americas, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc., North America, United States of America

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Language: English

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