Why did I choose Montessori?
In the late 1990’s, I was a young woman trying to juggle motherhood and graduate school.
I had a good handle on school but I found myself struggling with the important task of finding a nurturing educational setting that would provide a challenging and inclusive curriculum for my four-year-old son.
As a black mother, I knew that decisions surrounding my son’s education would be some of the most important ones that I would make in my life.
No pressure, right?
At any rate, in the city where I lived, the educational infrastructure left much to be desired. Therefore, I was worried about finding the right place for my son.
But, after engaging in a great deal of research, and with the addition of a chance meeting, I discovered Montessori–the perfect learning environment for a child like mine.
Now, I’m not here to argue that Montessori is better than traditional education. It would be a fool’s game to engage in such an exercise; especially when you consider the fact that school performance differs from area to area.
That said, in the U.S., there are plenty of excellent traditional schools–if you happen to be zoned for them.
No shade, but we all know that your educational “mileage may vary” depending on WHO you are, WHERE you live and how much MONEY you have.
Anyway, my goal here is to simply express that Montessori was the best choice for us.
Here’s a quick video about our journey.
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
**Montessori schools often offer financial assistance to parents who are interested but feel they can’t afford it. Most private schools do.
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