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Why is the term "Montessori" sometimes described?

The Montessori, despite its growing popularity, can also generate criticism for various reasons:

  1. Lack of solid scientific evidence : Some detractors from Montessori point out the lack of solid scientific evidence that would conclusively demonstrate the benefits of this approach to more traditional teaching methods. Although some studies have shown positive results, there may be a lack of rigorous large-scale research to support the assertions often made by Montessori supporters.
  2. Absence of a structured approach and a standardized program : Montessori is often criticized for its flexible and individualized approach, which may be perceived by some as a lack of structure or a lack of clear direction. Some critics believe that the absence of a standardized program can lead to gaps in the academic knowledge of students and their preparation for traditional educational systems.
  3. High cost : Montessori schools and materials used in this approach can be expensive, which often limits access to this education to those who can afford it financially. Some criticize Montessori to be an option reserved for more wealthy families, creating inequalities in education.
  4. Incoherent interpretation and application : As Montessori is a flexible educational approach, its interpretation and application may vary from school to school. Some critics point out that this diversity of interpretations can lead to a loss of educational coherence and quality, and that all Montessori schools do not necessarily respect the basic principles of the approach.
  5. Limitations for certain materials and competencies : Some critics believe that Montessori can be less effective in teaching specific subjects, such as advanced mathematics or science. They point out that the emphasis on autonomy and exploration may not provide sufficient guidance or direct education in these areas.
  6. Excessive Rigidity in Approach : Although Montessori advocates the autonomy of the child, some critics say that some Montessori schools can be too rigid and restrictive in their application of the principles of the approach. This can result in limitations for children who need more experience or more direct support in their learning.

It is important to note that these criticisms are not universal and that many well-established Montessori schools have managed to overcome these concerns and offer high-quality education. As with any educational system, it is essential understand the benefits and limitations of the Montessori approach before making an informed decision on its adoption.

Home Fraise & Bois, we share in part the values described by education Montessori. During all our product designs, we have to create furniture suitable for children, made of quality wood, functional and aesthetic. Our products are simple and practical in nature. The term ‘Montessori’, we borrow it from a more global and complex current of thought to describe and summarize the main features of our furniture.

The main criticism made directly to our products is in relation to their price. Some think that the use of the term ‘Montessori’ helps us to increase the price by a few euros an observation tower or a furniture for children. Home Fraise & Bois, all our prices are established at the most fair, taking into account the price of return, that is, the price of raw materials, our workforce, our expenses and all the costs that are added to make in France, with quality wood and our margin, that which allows us to live as a company. Prices our toys and furniture that we propose is therefore a basic calculation that can be summed up to:

Final price = price wood + human working this wood + company charges + margin

The use or not of the term ‘Montessori’ does not intervene in any case in this calculation. We leave speculation for the greats of the CAC40 to focus on our core business: offer simple and quality products to our customers.