MontessoriPublic is a new print and online publication from the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, an organization that celebrates and supports public Montessori schools and programs. The latest issue includes a series of articles on charters and school choice, including the opportunities and potential threats to Montessori from these policies.
I was honored the editor invited me to submit an article. You can access the issue here (my piece appears on page 10). Though it initially wasn't what I intended to write, the article wound up being about my own experiences as a Montessori dad, and how Montessori has deeply impacted my thinking about pedagogy, as well as my commitment to school choice. Every family, regardless of income or ZIP code, deserves access to a wide variety of great education options, including Montessori. And Montesssori schools need the kind of autonomy enjoyed by charter schools to remain true to the method.
I hope this issue of MontessoriPublic deepens understanding in the Montessori community of the complexities and importance of school choice, and helps school choice advocates better appreciate the place of Montessori in the education marketplace.