Clara Kuh Hogan (ex Montessori pupil)

Of course, Montessori has many aspects to it that promote individuality and independence but I think the main reason my independence was fostered by Montessori is very simple. I think the basic concept of a child choosing the work they’ll do that day at an age as early as three really encourages self-determination. Being able to decide what work you want to do, to me, is the biggest difference between traditional school and Montessori school. It’s such a simple concept but creates an environment when children have to think for themselves, be self-directed and self-analyze their preferences, among other things. These skills are valuable throughout life and I definitely feel Montessori has strengthened these characteristics in me.