Traditional Schools

There are Montessori schools, and then there are traditional schools. Except I don’t like the term “traditional schools” to describe non-Montessori schools, because it’s not accurate, and it implies that Montessori schools are somehow risky by comparison.

I’m not sure how the schools that change from New Math to The New Initial Teaching Alphabet to The Open Classroom get to be called “traditional.” Ten years ago their fad was learning styles. Teachers travelled far and wide to seminars on how some students are “auditory learners” while others are “tactile learners,” and now it appears that it was all bunk. They’re ordinary schools, unscientific schools, fad schools. Call them what you like. But what tradition they uphold, I have no idea.

The tradition of the Children’s House (1907) is older than the tradition of jazz music (1915), the diamond engagement ring (1938), or celebrating Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November (1941). Our schools are traditional schools. It’s just that our traditions are scientific. They’re natural, and they work, so we’re sticking with them.