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… the best [educators] could do was to compromise, reducing hours in instruction to the minimum, cutting out from the curriculum grammar, geometry, and algebra, making outside play obligatory and postponing the age for entry into school. But however much free periods have been increased and children urged to play rather than study, strangely the children have remained mentally fatigued notwithstanding all these reforms.
—Maria Montessori
To Educate the Human Potential, p. 80.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about children needing more time to play. Studies suggest spending time playing is more beneficial than spending time in the classroom. Play is being touted as the answer to everything from low test scores to behavior challenges.

But wait a minute … if that were true, wouldn’t Montessori classrooms have hours of play time built into the day? Wouldn’t the emphasis in the Montessori environment be on play and not on learning? Wouldn’t Montessori children suffer from mental and emotional fatigue and academic overload? Wouldn’t they rebel in bouts of inappropriate behavior?

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Montessori Today, Chapter 3: Montessori’s Second Plane of Development

Instead of dividing schools into nursery, primary, secondary, and university, we should divide education in planes and each of these should...

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