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Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Trevor Eissler

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We know we need to improve our traditional school system, both public and private. But how? More homework? Better-qualified teachers? Longer school days or school years? More testing? More funding? No, no, no, no, and no. Montessori Madness! explains why the incremental steps politicians and administrators continue to propose are incremental steps in the wrong direction. The entire system must be turned on its head. This book asks parents to take a look—one thirty-minute observation—at a Montessori school. Your picture of what education should look like will never be the same.
Montessori Madness! follows one family with young children on their journey of determination, discovery, and delight.
Learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Montessori education.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 259 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 098228330X
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  • Editeur : Sevenoff, LLC (2 avril 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Original and compelling! 11 juillet 2009
Par SusanC - Publié sur Amazon.com
I love this book. Trevor Eissler has an easy, conversational writing style, and a gift for translating academic jargon into something useful. He walks readers right into the Montessori classroom and provides the details they crave when trying to compare schools, programs, and philosophies. As a great storyteller with a sense of humor, he entertains as he enlightens. The book is packed with meaty anecdotes and the best of what critics and educators have had to say on the subject of school reform. It held my attention from the first eight word opening sentence to the very last page.

Montessori Madness! not only discusses what's gone wrong in other schools, but also identifies what exactly about the Montessori classroom goes so delightfully right. It inspires parents to experiment and innovate and actively participate in the design of the education of their children. My sense is that Montessori Madness! began as a father's private investigation and evolved into a call to action. I have not found another book out there that gets to the heart of the Montessori education like this book does. Thank you, Trevor Eissler, for a great offering.
21 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Obama must read this book! 13 juillet 2009
Par L. McReynolds - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a Montessori teacher for over 30 years, I was thrilled to read Trevor Eissler's book Montessori Madness. This book is not the usual dry treatise on education, but an entertaining, thought-provoking insight into Montessori philosophy. A father of three children and a pilot by profession, Mr. Eissler uses his own interesting life experiences to illustrate the basic tenets of Montessori philosophy. His colorful and descriptive analogies paint a picture so moving, so profound, and yet so entertaining, one cannot put it down. Montessori Madness is not only an informative book for Montessori parents; it is an impassioned plea for a complete paradigm shift in education. I'm ordering a copy for President Obama!
13 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A compelling and personal argument for Montessori Education 22 août 2009
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
We recently ordered this book after wanting to know more about the Montessori education our child receives and to help us decide how long we would keep our child enrolled at his Montessori school. The book really catches your attention as Trevor Eissler tells the story of his family's journey to Montessori education and as he describes the environment where his children attend school. The book is written with a light touch: the author is full of engaging ancedotes of his own life experience that are both relevant and humorous.

In the end, this book helped us understand more about why this educational approach has worked so well for our child. It also provided a well-reasoned explanation of why Montessori education should be available to all children, and why that is not an unreasonable goal. Now we need Mr. Eissler to write a how-to manual on where to go from here!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Parent to Parent 22 juillet 2009
Par Nirvair K. Khalsa - Publié sur Amazon.com
What's great about this book is that it is written by a Montessori parent for other parents who may or may not have already discovered Montessori education for their children. It's easy reading and passionately makes the case for choosing Montessori.

Trevor is a business jet pilot and flight instructor who lives near Austin, Texas. The story begins with Trevor's own experiences as a new father discovering his own children and exploring education options, including homeschooling, as the children grow to preschool age. Trevor and his wife asked a lot of questions and did a lot of reading as they worked out their decisions for their family.

Exploring the homeschool option, Trevor was alarmed to discover that there are those who believe that the present school system is actually harmful to education. So he researched more and found lots of new voices in education who advocate a rethinking of teaching methods and our whole approach to education. He worries that single-minded focus on measurable results compromises education because it focusses on achievement which can be measured, and marginalizes achievement that can't be measured such as independence, motivation, curiosity, concentration, wisdom, resourcefulness, courage and originality.

This path of questioning and research eventually lead Trevor and his wife to a Montessori school. He beautifully describes what it was like to walk into the classroom for the first time. In the remaining chapters Trevor explains the fundamentals of Montessori education. It's a great tutorial for anyone who wants to know what happens in a Montessori classroom. He shows that Montessori education is concrete yet profound, as well as fun. It's perfectly natural and revolutionary all at once. He breathes a sigh of relief because he knows that although his children are not at home, they are in the next-best place.

Read the book, you'll love it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Montessori: yes! Eissler: no! 5 février 2013
Par WMW - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you are interested in learning all about Trevor Eissler's life experiences, social ideas, and pet peeves, this is the book for you. If you are interested in learning (or learning more) about the Montessori method and why it may be a good fit for your child (as I believe it is for mine), then do not buy/open this book. Reviews for this book found on various places around the web lauded it for its conversational, approachable style. I misunderstood this characterization. I believed it meant solely that it would achieve its comparative purpose in easy to understand, lay person terms. If you stick with it, it will eventually do this, but, before it does, it will ramble on and on and on about the author's pant-staining childhood, about his experiences with the medical professionals of a neonatal intensive care unit, about his views on the industrial prison complex, etcetera, etc. Had I been engaged in an actual conversation with Mr. Eissler, I would have hung up the phone or cooked him some dinner so that he would eat and stop talking or, more likely, just told him to get to the point. Don't get me wrong; I agree with most of his world perspectives. I just don't believe that I needed to know all about Mr. Eissler in order to respect his views on how traditional education compares to a Montessori education. I wanted to like this book, because I will be sending my son to a Montessori school when he starts his education this year. (I made this decision before he was born and long before reading this book. That's a good thing, because Mr. Eissler's verbose style rings like a cult leader's chant and would have given me pause when making my decision had I not had other sources of information.) In short, I wanted to like it, but I don't. I expected it to be a good source of concise or easily condensable information I could use in explaining my decision and advocating for others to follow. It is not. Again, if you're planning on going on a date with Mr. Eissler, this is the book for you. Otherwise, keep looking.
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