Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Your opinion on Waldorf?

From: David Rovner <>
Date: Mon Feb 14 10:23:01 2005

 OK, SO YOU'RE SORT OF LIKE ... A Montessori School?
by Romey Pittman, former Fairhaven staff member

There are some ways in which the Sudbury model is similar to the Montessori approach. Children in both settings are allowes more freedom to make decisions about what interests them and how to pace themselves than in most other schools. Both models also hold the basic assumption that children are naturally curious and don't need to be forced to learn.

But Montessori children may choose only between the specific options presented by the teacher, not from the full array of activities which life itself presents. Montessori educators believe that all children learn according to specific patterns and sequences. They base classroom activities on the model's assumptions about what is "developmentally appropriate" for each age group, and restrict access to certain activities if earlier activities in the preplanned sequence have not been completed. The Sudbury model makes no assumptions about how individual children will learn at any age. There is no expectation that one learn multiplication before negative numbers or how to draw a circle before a square. Interest is the only criterion for engaging in any activity, and satisfaction the only evaluation of success.
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