My son, 6, has been reading and doing math since he was three. He feels good in kindergarten, but soon he will be in first grade. The regular school next door looks nice, but a lot of acquaintances tell bad stories about them – especially when the children are a little further from their peers. Should we enroll him in an expensive and private Montessori school? Bayat H. , Munich
Phew! Should you trust stories? Get a picture of yourself! I go to many schools to read, and surprisingly you can tell very quickly if a school is good or not. There are schools where children rush in front of each other, slam the door in their faces, and no one says hello. In other cases, the caretaker or teacher meets the children in the morning, they say a few kind words and make sure that no one throws litter on the floor. The ads look nice, not tyrannical. The teachers are friendly, not frantic and stressful. Take your kid to school, walk around the playground, and think about which friend he’d start school with. By the way: even in private schools, the sun does not always shine. And what is the average anyway? My school visits also show that: Primary schools are diverse and full of talents, nationalities and languages. this is exciting! And a challenge for everyone.
Herbert Raines Upholstery:
The classic you’ll probably only see more clearly in the past. There is no more “school next door” than an “expensive Montessori school”, there is only a 1c class with a teacher of any kind and then there is an after school care center that can be either awesome or miserable. Unfortunately, you are sailing with good luck there, just as you can often only pray in German middle school, even if the crosses were removed long ago. In addition, there is a world outside of school – children who go to school together tend to make a group of children in the neighborhood that also work magic outside of school – and this will also be an important card for your son’s development. Apparently he already has friends who go to the next school with him. On the other hand, the fact is that he will spend a lot of time at school, and if things do not go well there, it is difficult to make up for it. Babies need bright wings and eyes, nothing helps. With so much dependent on circumstances, it would be worth a try. If all else fails, he can always switch.
Colin Ullman Fernandez:
When I recently picked up the son of a friend of mine from the seventh grade at a regular school, I noticed: Nothing had changed. Boards, benches and protractor. Everything looks as it was at the time. The bell, the toilet, the teacher’s sayings (“It’s the sixth for all of us!”) – it was all like it was 25 years ago when I was still in school. What an old system, I think. But this is not true. It is much older. Our children go to school and learn as they did more than 50 years ago. Just as people at the time believed that people should learn: Goethe, mathematical formulas, vocabulary, and dates by heart. What was not known 50 years ago: Hardly anything children learn in our schools is stuck. In other words, our school system is not keeping pace with brain research and developmental psychology. Or as Confucius said: “Forget what you were told. You remember what was shown to you. But you can only do what you did yourself.” Quite simply, the Montessori approach is based on this idea: children learn by experiencing things for themselves. Montessori is based on the natural curiosity of every child. And from my own experience with my daughter, I can tell you: it works. Fixed. Curiosity is the most powerful engine of the first order and detention.