The ghost of Montessori

2nd March 2001 at 00:00
I don't know if it was the way the media spun the story, but the distinct impression last week was that the Goverment has just discovered that "play" is a necessary adjunct to learning.

We were told that children who played with educational toys, whose parents play with them and who learn nursery rhymes get a good start in their learning! Of course work likethis goes on in good playgroups, nurseries, schools and homes up and down the country.

Did I also hear ghostly laughter from Montessori, Froebel and all the early pioneers of early-years education, whose work was light-years away from target-driven prescriptive education?

Tony Roberts Walton le Dale community primary school Preston Lancashire

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