One of the major differences between public education and Montessori schools is Montessori schools don’t grade and tend to downplay, or totally avoid, standardized testing. These differences, along with a pressure to conform to state standards can be a point of friction for Montessori schools trying to operate in public districts. But the schools also focus on character education, which is something critics of the American education system point out as a blindspot in how we educate our kids. That approach has led some public districts across the country to try to adopt Montessori systems in their schools.
Oregon is home to four charter Montessori schools (in addition to many more private Montessoris). What are the barriers to implementing Montessori education in a public school? What can either pedagogical system learn from each other?