The only con I can think of is if you have a bad Montessori - some schools are not actually certified but since the word "Montessori" is in the public domain and not copyrighted they can slap it on the name of their school if they want to even if they aren't very Montessori at all. Then you don't know what you are getting. Good Montessori schools will be certified by AMI or AMS. The pros are that kids learn to love learning because they are free to pursue their own interests (within reason - it isn't a free-for-all like some people imagine). They also learn independence and grace and courtesy because these things are purposefully woven into the environment and curriculum. Also learning build on previous learning and is structured throughout the school career instead of the slap dash way public schools go at it.
at 10:59 PM on Sep. 21, 2008