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What are the disadvantages of the Montessori teaching method?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are plenty of people who disagree with the Montessori method of teaching. Those who believe in more traditional approaches feel that Montessori children have fewer social skills because they work on their own at an individual pace and therefore may not transition well to a more traditional and less individualistic program. Some also take issue with the lack of imaginative play in many Montessori programs, which can vary from strict to modified. Indeed, Montessori may not be the best environment for a child who is extremely social or who can't sit still and focus independently on a task. The point is that you should consider all kinds of educational options when your child is ready to go to school. Don't just pick the same path that you went down. Despite the similarities that you may have with your child, each of us responds differently to different environments, so it's worth really taking the time to explore all of your options when it's time for your child to expand her educational horizons.
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