Why dividing us by age in New Horizons Montessori School doesn’t make sense?
Isn’t natural and obviously beneficial for children to be learning next to other children of approximately the same age? Age being the most important characteristic that children and students share?
Children and students should be immersed in an environment that allows them to dig into their curiosity in the moment they feel interest for a particular subject. And not in a one-fit-for-all 12 years long schedule.
Also, in the real world we all have to be interacting with people of different ages at the same time. Throughout life, the years spent in traditional school are the only ones where we are segregated by age. Why do we create a fake world for our children?
At New Horizons Montessori School, we implement peer to peer learning in most of children’s activities. Older and younger students would play different roles in the learning environment and the variety would benefit all of them. Older students relating to younger peers would learn to tolerate and act respectful towards them and teaching them would become their best way to foster self-confidence about what they learned.
Therefore, a new model for education is possible. This is what New Horizons are building, because we do want to make sense!