Distinguishing Montessori Education from Traditional Education

Many parents, up to this day, are still confused or rather uninformed regarding the comparisons between Montessori schools and traditional schools. Whether you’re a parent or a guardian, it’s crucial to give a child access to quality education. Only with the right methods can we mold children to become better people for a better future world.

Read on as we discuss Montessori education from traditional education, and know which learning method is best for your child.

Understanding the Ways of Traditional Education

In conventional schools, the teacher entertains the students into learning or performing tasks. “Edutainment” is frequently used interchangeably with education. The teacher’s primary responsibility is to entertain the students. When asked to engage, it is a one-way street. They cannot be unreasonable in their demands or cast doubt on the teacher’s knowledge. The only options available to students are those approved by the teacher or the district. These assignments are graded or ranked according to their difficulty. They are not undertaking those projects in order to gain knowledge.

Historically, a “good” student was one who was passive, maintains a quiet disposition but lacks strong opinions, and adheres to the rules. They also keep their notes private as well. Traditional education is geared towards appeasing the adult in the classroom.

Understanding the Ways of Montessori Education

Through the Montessori method, children complete projects and work of their own design solely for the joy of learning and knowledge. They do not receive grades for these.

Montessori is not a traditional school. It’s a school that creates a better world where children are given the freedom to grow, develop, and learn on their own. Children learn to coordinate their mental and physical energies through movement and work. This is the experience of Montessori students.

In Montessori schools, the classroom serves as a scientific laboratory where children can experiment with materials. The teacher observes the student and learns about their interests and personality. Lessons are then presented to the child when he or she is developmentally ready and when it is in the child’s best interests. Through a productive three-hour day, children are enabled to investigate and work with whatever they have learned.

This is also an educational setting that is free of branded products and screens, such as iPads and laptops. There is no pre-packaged junk food for the students to consume, and rather, are given fruits and vegetables in an effort to pay attention to their bodies’ nutritional requirements. To add, children do not require permission to use the restroom, drink, or eat.

In Montessori, there is nothing to grade. Children are free to assist friends who are struggling with work, and they are free to seek assistance. There is no adult will, no manipulation based on fear, and no child suppression.

In this type of classroom, students face mental and physical challenges. Students make use of their bodies as well as their minds. With no motivational stickers or other gimmicks, Montessori children can spend as much time as they want on a concept until they master it. Thus, emotional and mental health are prioritized, with children being encouraged to take breaks and interact with others.


Traditional schools educate students about an ephemeral future. They acquire skills for a specific reality. However, they are not fully developed individuals capable of dealing with any situation. Remember that  children are naturally confident and courageous, which means we should teach them early to be unafraid of making errors and learning from them.

Meanwhile, Montessori education values and challenges the uniqueness of each child at every stage of their lives. These abilities will enable them to thrive in any environment and to play a significant role in the creation of a future environment that we cannot fathom. Such a special and child-led education benefits all children significantly. Are you interested in giving your child excellent Catholic education? St. Aloysius Regional School offers exemplary methods for your child from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Give us a call today to learn more!