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English Paper on Education

English Paper on Education - Jeff Hauschild October 2 2007...

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Jeff Hauschild October 2, 2007 Mr. Mendoza English 110 Education Education is the act or process of acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. Maria Montessori’s view of how children should be educated is questionable. She presents ideas of natural manifestations of children, expressing free will and most of all, her impression of the prize and punishment system. The Montessori views of education lack certain necessary principles which must remain intact in order to keep children on track and become well rounded individuals. Such things like homework, grades and prizes/punishments are required in order to boost a student’s will to learn and excel as a student. The Montessori Method bases its pedagogy around the preschool, kindergarten and middle school ranges. Although some Montessori junior high schools and high schools exist, the method is based on younger children as they approach their way into adulthood. Maria’s method entails that a student does not receive letter grades. These letter grades exist as a means of punishment in order to “force their attention.” (290) The idea of letter grades, at such a young age, is to inform the parents of a child on how their son/daughter is performing in the certain subjects that are being taught. Grades are a necessity to parents, not only to see how their child is performing but also as a tool to reveal how the “home” aspect of schooling is carrying out. It is the duty of a parent to ensure that their offspring is putting in the required amount of effort to succeed. Maria would argue by saying: In the same way that we give prizes to school children. And the fear of not achieving promotion, withholds the clerk from running
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Hauschild 2 away, and binds him to his monotonous work, even as the fear of not passing into the next class drives the pupil to his book…The correction of badly executed clerical work is equivalent to the bad mark placed by the teacher upon the scholar’s poor composition.
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