What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?


1. Sensory Learning to Love of Learning

Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.


2. Active vs Passive Learning

Montessori lessons are hands-on and active. Students discover information for themselves. Traditional school lessons are often orated to students who listen passively, memorize, and take tests.



3. Expansion vs Restriction

Montessori education expands in response to the students’ needs. Traditional education is predetermined without regard to the need of the student.


4. Intrinsic Self-esteem vs Extrinsic Self-esteem

Montessorians understand that the child’s self-esteem comes from an internal sense of pride in his or her own accomplishments. In traditional classrooms, self-esteem is thought to come from external judgement and validation.


5. Hunger for knowledge vs mandatory learning

Montessori education is intended to appeal to the child’s innate hunger for knowledge. Children learn to love learning. Traditional schools focus on standardised test performance and grades so children learn because it is mandatory.