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What are the different educational approaches and options? For example, Montessori versus Waldorf, or progressive versus traditional

Montessori

The Montessori Method is basically a pedagogical system that stresses self-education, and independent, individualized instruction in an ungraded classroom where each child is free to progress at his own rate.

Waldorf

Waldorf Education (also known as Steiner or Steiner-Waldorf education) is a pedagogy based upon the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy*. Learning is interdisciplinary, integrates practical, artistic, and intellectual elements, and is coordinated with "natural rhythms of everyday life". The Waldorf approach emphasizes the role of the imagination in learning, developing thinking that includes a creative as well as an analytic component. Studies of the education describe its overarching goal as providing young people the basis on which to develop into free, moral and integrated individuals ,and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny (the existence of which anthroposophy posits). Schools and teachers are given considerable freedom to define curricula within collegial structures.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) incorporates four different programs:  the Primary Years Program (PYP), for students ranging from age 3 to 12, the Middle Years Program (MYP), from age 11 to 16, the Diploma Program (DP), for those from age 16 to 19 and the IB Career-related Certificate ( IBCC) which is the newest offering from the IB for students aged 16 to 19.The IBCC incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB Programmes into a unique offering specifically designed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

 

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