The idea of Montessori School was developed by Maria Montessori in Rome in early 1900s. The ultimate goal of both Montessori school and Conventional School is to provide learning experience for the child and that way both are on same platform. Both of them give emphasis to what a child learns, his habits and attitude towards the world surrounding him. But irrespective of the similar goal, there are differences in the learning methods and experiences.
In Montessori, child is independent to learn and grow in his respective paces, thus learning become easier. But in Conventional School, it often goes against the pace of the child, thus make them heavily dependent on their teachers.
The basic principle of Montessori is against comparison between children which is the main benchmark in Conventional Schools. In second one, children are always forced to perform better and better which, in turn, create burden and promotes unwillingness to learn.
Montessori format used in Play School in Garia always give emphasis on observation where as Conventional system put emphasis on Gothic reading. It is easier to visualize a thing and store it in mind than to remember through reading and cramming only.
Normally in Montessori, children are mixed within three to six years spans. So there is constant exchange of mind, teaching and problem solving between different age groups.
In Conventional school, teachers often correct note books in red marks, put remarks. Thus child gets humiliated which is absent in Montessori followed by Day Care in Garia.
Children are bound to make mistake. It is always better to show them their fault and help them to rectify themselves than to scold them and give them punishment. The first idea is workable in Montessori while the second one is adopted in Conventional School.
In Montessori, emphasis is given on forming moral character where children learn to take care of themselves, their environment, neighbors, friends, parents, brothers and sisters, thus interact with all group of people directly which, in turn, widen the scope of their connections.
Interaction with various group of people make them smart. They learn to mix with different age group, to respect them, share views or problems with them and so on. These increase their personal connection level which pay off in the growth of their career.
Although Montessori Schools are limited in number and that too is restricted within the cities, rural population do not get the chance to take the advantage of them. More over it is costly too. Poor rural people, comprising the largest share of population of the country, who live below poverty level, do not even dream to admit their child in Montessori. This is also equally applicable to the middle class urban people. Still some of them go for Montessori schooling for their child with the expectation to give them a better future. But the saddest part is, most of them loose the track midway because of unlimited expenditures. It is the dream of every parents to give their child a bright future but what to do if” Man proposes, God disposes.”
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