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Should children be homeschooled? Show more Show less
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Public, private, homeschooled, or charter - there are many different ways to provide education to children. Homeschooling is a very popular method, with varying ways of teaching within itself. Students can be taught by online teachers, parents, or even partially attend a class. Should all children be educated with some sort of homeschool method?

Children should be educated through a middle-ground method Show more Show less

There are other ways to school than just public and homeschooling.
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Montessori allows for a unique educational format

Children are permitted to explore and learn on their own terms.
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The Argument

Montessori is a unique format of schooling. Coined by Maria Montessori, it is "a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play."[1] Essentially, children are given the freedom to work in groups and explore what they would like to learn about, rather than being told to study a specific thing at a specific time. Montessori can work for students who want education to be more hands-on and child-driven. The combination of natural interest and given activities limits the curriculum, but simultaneously allows the power of choice. This can be important to many parents who want their children to be excited about learning. It helps foster and grow individual interests up until high school.

Counter arguments

Self-directed education is not for all children. Some kids just work better with the explicit guidance of an adult, or a more standard curriculum. Much like homeschooling, this style of learning is definitely not for everyone.

Proponents

Premises

[P1] Montessori provides freedom. [P2] Children enjoy freedom in learning. [P3] Montessori education is a great alternative to homeschooling and public schooling.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Montessori schooling is not necessarily a positive experience for everyone.

References

  1. https://montessori-nw.org/what-is-montessori-education
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