How does Montessori get children ready for the REAL world?

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Answer

Well, let’s define the REAL world…
At your job, is everyone the same exact age?
Is everyone sitting at their desks, doing the same thing at the same time?
Are they doing tasks that require them to access knowledge, off the top of their heads, in a timed setting?
Or…
Do you have different people with different levels of experience working in your office?
Do you collaborate with your colleagues on projects?
Do you need to choose the right tools for the right jobs?
Do you need to be able to work independently, and work in a group?
Do you need to try things and discover that they work or don’t work, that is, learn from your mistakes?
Do you need to be able to problem solve?  Communicate effectively?

Montessori IS the REAL world.

Answer by Maura Joyce, Head of Redland’s Montessori School, California