Montessori Schools Are Scams

The Truth about Montessori Schools
Montessori schools have grown immensely in popularity over the years as parents look for solutions from our failed public school system. Sadly, we have learned first hand that Montessori schools are really no different than public schools, in fact, in most cases they are far worse. Most Montessori schools don’t even follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s lead so the fact they even use her name is a misnomer. Unschooling is basically a Montessori approach to homeschooling. Montessori schools are the STATUS QUO whereas Unschooling is the DISRUPTOR. People and most all species on the planet have been self-directing their own learning since the beginning of time. There is an extreme epidemic of bullying and corruption at Montessori schools, especially the Montessori parent organization. Montessori schools do NOT care at all about kids, the ONLY thing they care about is MONEY. We were completely deceived by Montessori!

Montessori failed my child! We originally paid $30K tuition, one of the most expensive tuitions for early education, to enroll our 3 year old son in Marin Montessori School in Corte Madera, California which claims to be one of the oldest and strongest Montessori schools in the nation. After many months of bullying we finally found out from other kids in the class that our son was being bullied by the older kids in the class for months and the more we found out the more disturbed we became. Bullying was happening in this same class the previous years and the school has always done everything to sweep any evidence of their failure to provide kids a positive learning environment under the rug. The CORRUPT Head of School, Sam Shapiro, and the CORRUPT School Director, Jules Layman are both lying, controlling, manipulative, and very greedy people preying on kids, using them as a means to an end, to enrich themselves while clearly NOT caring or taking ANY responsibility for THEIR experiences. They hired a San Francisco Law Firm who threatened legal action against my family to silence us from speaking to other parents at the school about our experience. They literally responded to bullying by bullying us when bullying has been an ongoing problem at the school for years. Our sons Montessori teacher, Colleen McAree, allowed our son to be bullied in her class and did absolutely nothing to inform us what was happening. Instead just like previous years, she lied to us and other parents and did everything to hide the fact that bullying is an epidemic at Montessori schools. Sadly, this isn’t just a single experience affecting a single school, it affects all schools, especially Montessori schools.

Then we reached out to Executive Director, Debra L. Riordan, of the parent organization, Association Montessori International that oversees all the Montessori member schools and Debby Riordan did absolutely nothing to help us, she would not even reach out to the school, and by her emails, she could care less about our experience which is why I quickly found out the ONLY thing this Montessori organization does care about is membership fees from all the schools that are members so obviously asking them to do anything was a major conflict of interest because the truth is they care more about money than they do about the experience of children enrolled in their member schools.

BTW, Debra, @AMIUSA is a member of Unschooling.com

Here are 13 Reasons Why Not to Go to a Montessori School:

Montessori Schools are all about Money & Privilege:

"Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality." Thomas Sowell

“An educator in a system of oppression is either a revolutionary or an oppressor.” ~ Lerone Bennett, Jr.

“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would create something like a classroom.” ~ John J. Medina, Author of the New York Times Bestseller, [Brain Rules]

"Homeschooled children have greater potential to work outside the box because they are educated outside the box." ~ Thomas Purifoy
The question is, do you want your children to think within the limits of this box or think outside of this box? The world is full of sheep that live and think within the limits of this box, maybe it’s time to open the box and actually wake up. Quit taping it more and more, OPEN it!

1) Home Education
Maria Montessori felt like home learning was optimal, and tried to replicate a home environment and home activities in her schools so it seems that unschooling would actually fit right in with the Montessori belief. Don’t you find it ironic that Montessori classrooms try to resemble a home environment? But they fail miserably at doing so because it’s a completely artificial experience that’s not genuine, authentic, or natural at all. There is NO self-directed education in a Montessori classroom, everything single thing has been chosen just like a curriculum at a school, complete indoctrination especially from the teacher. And don’t be fooled, Montessori is academic indoctrination just like any other school.

“Education is a work of self-organization by which man adapts himself to the conditions of life.” ~ Maria Montessori

"Within the child lies the fate of the future." ~ Maria Montessori

“The child, merely by going on with his life, learns to speak the language belonging to his race. It is like mental chemistry that takes place in the child.” ~ Maria Montessori

"To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely." ~ Maria Montessori

"If education is to be reformed, it must be based on the children. No longer is it enough to study great educators of the past…the time for that is over. Further, I protest against myself for being hailed as the great educator of this century, what I have done is merely to study the child…at most I have been the child’s interpreter." ~ Maria Montessori [Education for a New World]

"Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life." ~ Maria Montessori

"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn." ~ Maria Montessori

Most Montessori schools prey on the youngest kids getting them enrolled as early as possible in school, often as early as 18 months, when many studies such as this Harvard study have shown that early school enrollment is extremely damaging to kids: (notice how there are very few Montessori High Schools. Montessori indoctrination works best at forcing academics on the youngest of kids so the Montessori market targets these young kids)

2) NO Freedom to Learn
What Montessori schools do is give parents & kids the perception of freedom to learn without actually ever letting them taste it because what we perceive we will believe, but sadly this perception is far from reality. Just like most other schools, Montessori kids are confined to a classroom. Inside the classroom, everything is controlled and manipulated, so the kids are only learning what the school wants them to learn. They say it’s more spontaneous and far less structured, but in reality, it’s the exact opposite. Most often, kids will get bored out of their minds seeing the same drab classroom and kids 5 days a week so they end up doing absolutely nothing at school.

Montessori schools are DESIGNED to interfere, prescribe, and RESTRICT a child’s learning. They prescribe a very small, extremely limited learning environment with dismal opportunities to learn, especially in nature, compared to unschooling. Then they further RESTRICT a child’s learning in this environment by determining what they can and can’t do, completely DISEMPOWERING them. In a true Montessori school, children are not allowed to use a piece of “work” until they have been shown how to use it which completely stifles their creativity because instead of self discovering the many ways something could work, they are shown the one way it does work. If they haven’t had a lesson (Schooled) on something, the teacher will INTERFERE and put it back.

EPIC FAILS for Montessori schools:
"The teacher’s task is first to nourish and assist, to watch, encourage, guide, induce rather than to interfere, prescribe or restrict." ~ Maria Montessori

"When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education." ~ Maria Montessori

"The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!" ~ Maria Montessori

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” ~ Maria Montessori

"Never help a child with a task at which he [or she] feels he can succeed." ~ Maria Montessori

"Supposing I said there was a planet without schools or teachers, where study was unknown, and yet the inhabitants – doing nothing but live and walk about – came to know all things, to carry in their minds the whole of learning; would you not think I was romancing? Well, just this, which seems so fanciful as to be nothing but the invention of a fertile imagination, is a reality. It is the child’s way of learning." ~ Maria Montessori

"The greatest gifts we can give our children are roots of responsibility and wings of independence." ~ Maria Montessori

"It is easy to substitute our will for that of the child by means of suggestion or coercion; but when we have done this we have robbed him of his greatest right, the right to construct his own personality." ~ Maria Montessori

“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s spontaneity…We may even suffocate life itself.” ~ Maria Montessori

3) NO Freedom to Explore
Montessori kids are stuck in an artificial classroom environment for most of the school day with no freedom to explore nature or the amazing world around them and everything there is to see and do outside a Montessori classroom.

"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." ~ Maria Montessori

"When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength." ~ Maria Montessori

“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest.” ~ Maria Montessori, ‘From Childhood to Adolescence’

“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.” ~ Maria Montessori

"Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet;" ~ Maria Montessori

4) Limited Socialization
Since Montessori schools give the guise that kids get to socialize with people of all ages when in reality, they are limited to a class where all the kids are practically the same age with just a 2 year age gap between older kids and younger kids in a class. The idea is that these older kids are supposed to be good influences, leaders, and role models for the younger kids, but since these older kids are so bored after years in this system of oppression, the reality is they resort to troubled behavior such as bullying the younger kids which is a serious problem at Montessori schools just as it is at public schools. Don’t make the same mistake we did in thinking Montessori schools are immune to this. The younger kids then learn to engage in this behavior continuing the cycle. It’s NOT surprising because the whole time these kids are at school, they are being BULLIED by teachers and staff to do things that they would not do if they were given the choice and freedom to learn. What’s worse is these Montessori schools will join all these “troubled kids” who are struggling to succeed in this poor environment into a “Troubled Group”. The Montessori environment literally promotes bullying. Montessori schools are not safe or positive learning environments at all.

"What is generally known as discipline in traditional schools is not activity, but immobility and silence. It is not discipline, but something that festers inside a child, arousing his rebellious feelings." ~ Maria Montessori

5) NO Responsibility or Accountability
Shockingly, Montessori schools take NO Responsibility for kids safety and NO Accountability for them learning anything which is why we have an epidemic of these kids who are not only falling behind the curve in all facets of life, but they are being RESTRICTED from pursuing their true passions and desires so all around these Montessori schools are failing so many kids, but they get away with it because IT"S THE EXACT SAME THING AS PUBLIC SCHOOL, THE ONLY REAL DIFFERENCE is Montessori schools DON’T HAVE DESKS for every kid. Literally everything else is just FLUFF! And since Montessori schools don’t take ANY responsibility, I honestly think Montessori schools are just one BIG SCAM as the ONLY thing they do protect and take responsibility for is YOUR MONEY. Just like most all schools, Montessori students are PRODUCTS IN A FACTORY where the QUALITY development of the PRODUCT DOES NOT MATTER, they are merely cogs in machine of oppression and servitude.

Montessori schools are beacons of greed, control, power, manipulation, and deceit where profits precede child development which is exactly why they can be much worse then public schools. Montessori schools are run like a DAYCARE BUSINESS more than an actual school. Since Montessori schools are Non-Profit organizations, and don’t be fooled, this does not mean they don’t make profit, their goal is to maximize profit because ALL these profits are put towards their salaries or the cause in which case very little is actually put towards the cause. This is why most Montessori schools today are run by very controlling and greedy people that are preying on kids as a means to an end.
A Montessori day starts and ends like an assembly line, from when you drop them off to when you pick them up, children line up in straight lines and sit down and do what they are told.

"When kids are schooled like products in a factory, they end up putting themselves on the market, instead of bringing unique value and creating their own market, which means they are the commodity." ~ Unschooling.com

6) Class Size
The average classroom size for a Montessori school is 24 kids so they don’t even have smaller class sizes like some schools which means kids don’t get the love and attention they need to thrive. The mathematical equation of how much time the teacher is capable of spending with each kid looks like this: 24 ÷ 6 = 0.25 minutes each kid, IF THEY ARE LUCKY, so you have a bunch of troubled kids, teachers who are unable to give them the love and attention they need, and from the TOP DOWN these Montessori schools don’t care that they are failing so many kids which negatively influences the whole class. In reality, Montessori schools are expensive DAYCARES, not a positive environment where kids learn to grow and play.

7) Political Monoculture
Montessori schools lean extremely far left which is why they are often sought after for molding Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) rather than well-educated free thinkers, individualists. Anyone who thinks differently are treated as outsiders and shunned to the point they no longer want anything to do with the school. At Marin Montessori School, there were only a few conservatives & libertarians or anyone who thinks outside the mainstream box. Relationships and conversations stay on the surface level and are very much dominated by groupthink.

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

8) NO Free Play
The GREATEST failure of Montessori schools is that they are not fun places designed for kids to play, they are designed for them to work just like public school. Montessori schools push classroom academics over outdoor free play. Free play, the most fundamental and important aspect of childhood is nowhere to be found at Montessori schools. In most cases, your child would have a much better time just taking them to the local playground because the outdoor play spaces at most Montessori schools is extremely limited.

Restricting classrooms of 24+ kids to only 2 necklaces to go outside IS NOT UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY and then you wonder why there are so many “Troubled Kids” and it’s getting worse. Often our son would tell us he didn’t get the opportunity to go play outside during class because other kids, especially older kids, most often have the necklaces. Since outdoor playtime is severely restricted and limited to 2 necklaces, many kids end up spending much more time in the classroom doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING than they would if they were given the choice to freely go outside to play. Our kids are not given unstructured playtime, the whole school day is controlled and manipulated, so really at the end of the day, kids have VERY LITTLE choice in doing what they really want to do. At every turn, they are constantly limited in this Montessori environment.

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” ~ Maria Montessori

All these things have serious consequences for kids because as Peter Gray said:
"Studies show…Since the mid 1980’s, there’s been a rise in narcissim and a decline in empathy and creative thinking in young people. The DECLINE IN PLAY is roughly linear with the increase in anxiety and depression. Play is where children learn that THEY ARE IN CONTROL of their own life, if we take that away, we don’t give them a chance." ~ The Decline of Play (Ted Talk)

“We have forgotten that children are designed by nature to learn through self-directed play and exploration, and so, more and more, we deprive them of freedom to learn, subjecting them instead to the tedious and painfully slow learning methods devised by those who run the schools.” ~ Peter O. Gray, [Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life]

Montessori Schools Are Prisons!


Dear Quail Parents,

In the spirit of openness & dialogue, I would like to share with the whole class what is really happening because without a doubt, you can’t trust what Sam is saying because he has lied to our faces in our meeting with him yesterday.

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” ~ Alexander Den Heijer

In Sam’s email yesterday, he lied again, he said, "We are committed to every child experiencing MMS as a safe and caring community"

What about our son? This is a flat out lie as we have learned first hand and you have absolutely done nothing about it and by our meeting with you yesterday, it’s very clear that NOTHING is going to change at this school which is why it hasn’t in years. Bullying has been happening for years in the Quail classroom, 2 years ago, this same epidemic of bullying was happening and was escalated to Sam & Jules, but when I asked Sam about this, he outright lied to me saying he didn’t know anything about it. In fact, the whole meeting was all about protecting the school, NOT the students , which as a parent is very concerning because now I understand Sam is running this school like a business, not a non-profit school. To Sam, our kids are merely products in a factory which is why staff thinks mostly about themselves and their own WANTS OVER the NEEDS of the kids who are funding the school which is why MMS Staff enjoy clean filtered water while our kids drink toxic tap water loaded with cancer causing chemicals way above national averages as you can see here. The EWG shows 8 contaminants above health guidelines which significantly increase cancer risk along with 11 others:

This is why instead of focusing on maximizing the learning experience of the kids at the school, he is maximizing the number of kids that are in the school. Sam is the ONLY one realizing any value here because the more the school makes, the more he makes. This is also why instead of using the new property for MUCH NEEDED open play space, the school is going to be further overdeveloped and overwhelmed with more and more kids diminishing the learning experience of the overwhelming number of kids this school is already FAILING. You’re packing these kids in such a small space like sardines since the landscape doesn’t meet the needs of the students and then your seriously restricting their freedom to go play outside. I looked Sam in the eyes and said, "you intentionally put our son in a " fully loaded mousetrap" being fully aware of the bullying epidemic for years now, yet you have absolutely failed to address and resolve the problems. I will be the first one to say it, without any doubt, from the TOP DOWN, Jules & Sam, this entire school is being run by bullying so it’s no wonder you want to sweep it under the rug as it runs deep within the school and so the kids are not stupid, since they can see what is happening, so they are engaging in the same behavior that the school is encouraging. Just like you guys took advantage of bullying a teacher at a time when she was suffering from a serious illness. SICK, Heartless people that only care about money & power seriously jeopardizing kids learning. Our friend was STRANGLED BY A TEACHER @ MMS and NO ONE SAID A WORD until the parent found out from the child which Jules knows ALL ABOUT.

My wife and me have been bullied by staff and other parents at the school, especially for donating money, matter of fact, several of these parents high up in the school, filling the kegs of kool-aid, only feel the need to reach out to us when they want money. Because of how the whole school bullies parents & staff into donating money and turning it into a competition literally exploiting rich peoples weaknesses of status, ego, and belonging. Sam, we and other parents see right through this deception and if you really wanted 100% participation, you should create a school where parents, staff, and kids grow in a positive learning environment with FULL transparency, a place that we can all be proud to be a part of where kids have the freedom to play outside as much as they want because what kind of Montessori school confines a child’s learning to a box restricting their freedom to “think outside the box.” Parents should also have the freedom to visit the school much more often, like anytime they want, maybe with short notice, since they are entrusting you with their kids, so parents can BUILD and KEEP their trust with the school, instead you do the opposite, limiting a parents classroom observation to only ONE DAY A YEAR, two if their lucky which seriously begs the question what does this school have to hide?

These “Troubled Group” of kids are just following a vicious cycle of bullying that spills over to all the new young kids year after year. MMS created these bullies, so they should take responsibility for them instead of just throwing them in a “Troubled Group” which does nothing to resolve problems. You know what they do at other schools with troubled kids, they send them to a school specifically for troubled kids because they are very poor influences on the other kids in class. In a Montessori setting, these older kids are supposed to be leaders, not bullies negatively influencing the younger kids, so from a Montessori perspective, the Quail class has been a COMPLETE FAILURE. But MMS values parents money MUCH more than they care about children learning. At MMS, it’s clear that Property Development precedes Child Development so the school can collect more money while providing less value and getting more and more expensive year after year, but many parents aren’t seeing that value. Your son or daughter could just as well be a victim as ours and don’t think they will be forthcoming in bringing this to your attention, because as our case and many others has shown, they wont do anything. They bunch these kids into a “Troubled Group” further limiting their learning experience and then they treat them with complete and utter disrespect against everything Maria Montessori stood for and what we have all learned from speaking events by MMS such as Barbara Coloroso who said that “time-outs are not effective in encouraging positive behavior in children.” Yet, Colleen will put our son and others in timeout in the corner of the classroom by himself while he just sits there and watches the class and this is what you call learning? I know from talking with other parents that SO many things are happening in class and at this school that are Anti-Montessori, to the point, this school isn’t even being run as a TRUE Montessori school. I see other Montessori schools that have mud pits and really engage children in learning so they want to learn, and then I look at MMS and I see the controlling, manipulating, and greed that have been extremely detrimental to learning at such a young precious age when they are like sponges, this is how you are treating them & us, thus teaching them. The kids may as well take a swim over to San Quentin where there is sadly more freedom & choice, after all the prisoners enjoy more outdoor time and have more outdoor space to play than kids do at MMS and I am sure there is even more learning happening.

Maria Montessori said:

The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’

But the reality is, as I pointed out in my letter to Sam, Colleen can’t leave her classroom for a minute without things going completely haywire as I experienced with her & the assistant during my classroom observation months ago with BOTH of them IN the classroom. From my classroom observation a month or so ago, I was shocked to see multiple kids literally roughhousing & wresting in the day room for a long while without anyone noticing which as I understand is not allowed, but this speaks volumes that the kids ARE NOT getting the playtime they need outside. As we have discussed with other parents, we think Colleen has good intentions, but as we told Sam yesterday, she really fails to communicate with parents about what is really happening in the class and in cases where situations do arise, there is a severe lack of diligence in actually resolving problems. Many parents also think Colleen is completely overwhelmed with all the students and everything happening in class so many serious issues go unnoticed and unresolved forever until the unthinkable happens and the school is forced to face reality. Then whatever happened with the assistant teacher seems to have had a big impact on the class. MMS couldn’t hold things together for one more month without screwing up the classroom environment. But we also know Colleen works with Sam in keeping secrets and not giving parents the full picture which is why I discussed with Sam why the school would BAN Assistants on a CONTRACT from discussing with parents about their kids because in many cases, assistants have a better grasp and understanding about situations because the teacher actually spends very little time individually with the kids. The mathematical equation looks like this: 24 ÷ 6 = 0.25 minutes each kid, IF THEY ARE LUCKY, so you have a bunch of troubled kids, a teacher who’s unable to give them the love and attention they need, and a corrupt Head of School who ignores and downplays problems so nothing ever improves. Meanwhile, we have very young kids who are trying to learn how to survive in such a cruel and heartless environment, it’s no wonder bullying is such an epidemic at MMS.

Sam responds by sending emails such as the recent Thursday Bulletin with Sam’s Spotlight highlighting the serious decline in empathy amongst young people, but as I have found and informed him, the decline is due to the decline of play which is roughly linear with the increase in anxiety and depression. There is even a Ted Talk about it! As the following Montessori school points out, “Children need free unstructured playtime to protect their emotional development.”

Restricting kids to only 2 necklaces to go outside IS NOT UNSTRUCTURED PLAY and then you wonder why there are so many “Troubled Kids” and it’s getting worse. Often our son would tell us he didn’t get the opportunity to go play outside during class because other kids, especially older kids, most often have the necklaces. Since outdoor playtime is severely restricted and limited to 2 necklaces, many kids end up spending much more time in the classroom doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING than they would if they were given the choice to freely go outside to play. Our kids are not given unstructured playtime, the whole school day is controlled and manipulated, so really at the end of the day, kids have VERY LITTLE choice in doing what they really want to do because our son loves to play outside and spends most of his day outside, of course, sadly our backyard is bigger than the schools campus , but Sam doesn’t seem to care about solutions that don’t fit his AGENDA, even if it negatively impacts the learning experience, his goal will always be maximizing revenue. This is why it’s not surprising at all to see such a major epidemic of bullying because from the Top Down, kids are being bullied and controlled to do things they don’t want to do instead of realizing and building upon children’s strengths to build leaders, they are exploiting their weaknesses to create bullies.

He should be working @ Monsanto, not MMS, which is why I will likely NOT be the first parent to ask him to do the right thing by RESIGNING from the school for the 2020-2021 school year because he is directly responsible for resolving these problems and he has 100% failed for years. But I will give Sam credit where credit is due because he is a MASTER at writing emails that paint a very pretty picture, but unfortunately he doesn’t paint the WHOLE picture and because of this, this is how the whole school operates on secrets and half-truths because I believe if most parents knew the truth about what is really happening at this school and in this classroom, they would not send their kids to school Monday. Sam may be smart, but he’s definitely NOT genuine which is why most of our meeting he was literally saying, mm…huh, because his intentions were not to reach out to help us at all. His intentions were the exact opposite which is exactly why he did NOT address the fact that we’re the ones facing ALL the Consequences even though our son is the victim , from his complete failure to take serious action in resolving bullying FOR YEARS, he seems to think pretty emails will Satisfy Most Parents, I guess we can all put our heads back in the sand now. Sadly, what’s worse for MMS is nothing could PROVE what I am saying is true more than the actions of the Staff themselves, which is why the school suffers from extremely HIGH turnover. I would wager that the local McDonald’s suffers from less turnover. This whole process works like a domino effect as parents are slowly, but surely waking up and leaving the school because of the inherent problems that are NOT being resolved for years now. For Sam, playing the numbers game, it’s easier to recruit new unsuspecting victims to the school than resolve all the problems that people bring forth.

After this terrible bullying experience, my wife asked Sam, since he has 2 high school kids, if he has watched “13 Reasons Why”, which was filmed right in his neighborhood and ours and he said that “he hasn’t, nor does he want to,” because at MMS, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind, he is NOT open to understanding the problem further and exploring solutions which makes him NEGLIGENT in continuing to be part of the problem. I started discussing Montessori education with Sam and he literally told me & my wife that he does not know much of anything about Montessori education and that we should talk to Colleen which is the nail in the coffin because it shows that he is running this school so education & learning are not nearly as important as greed and power. Remember, my original email below about values & principles, well, if your words don’t reflect your actions, which they don’t, and you’re the Head of School, and my child has become a victim because of your failure to do anything substantive, we are going to do everything in our power to bring light to darkness and healing to immense suffering. The control, manipulation, secrets, greed, corruption from the TOP DOWN needs to STOP because it is robbing these kids of their childhood ambitions to play and be kids. Sam, MMS should NOT be run like a Chinese child labor factory, so PLEASE RESIGN so the school can move forward in a positive direction because MMS can’t fix corruption without removing the perpetrators. In case you didn’t already know, this is exactly why things never get better at MMS! One thing is for sure, Sam is not going to take any responsibility for your kids futures. Parents, please realize that you are sending your loved ones to a school that contractually takes NO Responsibility for your their safety and NO accountability for their learning, yet takes in awful lot of money.

The word Education comes from the latin word Educe which means to draw forth or bring out the strengths of a person, but instead your school runs on ignorance ill-preparing kids with a lack of the basic necessities they need to thrive in the world, clean water & play, along with the attention and love they so desperately need, that they are obviously NOT getting from the teacher. Instead of “Troubled Group”, how about “Troubled School”, it’s important we place the responsibility where it should be and quit deflecting, yes, Sam that means your going to need to look in the mirror and seriously reflect on all the DAMAGE that’s been happening for years because it’s time for you to RESIGN.




Sam, you are a disgrace as Head of School, you play dumb like you don’t even know what bullying is which is why Joseph’s letter denied it even though Bullying is exactly what our son endured at MMS. QUIT LYING, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.


The way Sam & Jules have treated us makes us and other parents think they are literally psychopaths because they look like you and I, but THEY LACK ALL SIGNS OF HUMANITY. They walk around on two legs, but yet lack a conscience which allows them to run this school like a prison where greed is their only reason for “being” there. These two could care less about your kids as our son is the perfect example of this. With no true concept or EMPATHY for others, only self. They feel so powerful over the rest of us, through deception, fear, necessity or opportunism, people yield to them which they were hoping we would do, but WE WONT. This is EXACTLY how they have treated us!

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Clearly you can see what happened to our son would not happen at a self directed learning center like Sudbury and if it did, the outcome would be dramatically different. These evil people running Montessori schools would be fired by the students and no longer allowed to prey on children or hire a law firm to coverup bullying for years on end as they have done at Marin Montessori School. As we learned the hard way, these corrupt people at Montessori schools will do everything to protect their positions of power. As Peter points out, Montessori schools are authoritarian top-down institutions where children are not given the autonomy and respect they deserve. Sudbury schools also don’t have a hierarchy and parent organization that ONLY CARES ABOUT MONEY like Montessori schools do.

Back in 2011, someone anonymously posted a comment on a blog post by Peter Gray, Ph.D., who is a developmental psychologist and author of the book, “Free to Learn” saying that they find Montessori very similar to self-directed learning to which he replied with the following:
(5th & 6th comments in this article)

Hi anonymous,

It’s always great to hear about a child who loves school. My first concern, always, for any child, is happiness. If a school regularly makes a child unhappy, the parents should not allow that school to take their child.

You comment on the similarity between Montessori and Sudbury schools. There is, indeed, some similarity, in that Montessori schools take steps in directions toward Sudbury schools, but do not go all the way. e.g.:

-Montessori schools enable some degree of age mixing (often students over a range of three years in age are in the same classroom); Sudbury Valley does not segregate students at all–children aged 4 through 18 all mix together freely. And Sudbury schools have no classrooms–students go wherever they wish in the school building and grounds.

-Montessori schools believe in project learning–the teachers give or suggest projects, which students do largely on their own or in groups, and from which they are expected to learn. Sudbury students also learn through doing projects, but the projects are entirely their own, not chosen or monitored by teachers, and there is no requirement to do any projects at all. Students spend their days entirely as they choose.

-Montessori schools offer some degree of choice. Students generally have a menu of options from which to choose. At Sudbury schools the whole world of choice is available, completely up to the student (as long as no school rules, designed to protect students and the community from harm, are violated).

-In other respects, the difference between Sudbury schools and Montessori schools is vast. Montessori schools are still within the tradition of top-down schooling, in that the assumption is that teachers are responsible to be sure that the students learn a certain curriculum. At Sudbury schools, it is all up to the individual students. At Sudbury, the adult staff (not called teachers) are hired and fired by the school meeting, which includes staff and students together; so, in reality, the staff are employed by the students. That is not true in any other type of school I know of.

-Most people, as I understand it, see Montessori schools as most appropriate for younger children. Few such schools continue into the high-school or even middle-school years. Sudbury schools, on the other hand, are seen as schools for all ages.

So, despite some similarities, the differences are larger than the similarities. All in all, Montessori schools are much closer to typical schools in their procedures and modes of operation than they are to Sudbury schools.

I have not made a study of this, but people involved with Montessori schools tell me that there are rather big differences among them. Since the teachers have considerable power, schools and classrooms can vary considerably in quality and amount of freedom depending on the teacher. I know of some parents who moved their kids from Montessori schools to Sudbury schools, because the former gave their kids a taste of freedom in education, and then they wanted to go the whole way. I know of at least one adult who went from being a teacher in a Montessori school to a staff member in a Sudbury school for the same reason.

My answer here is probably more than you were looking for.

But, again, thank you for your comment and I wish you and your daughter well. It would be nice to hear from others who have had experience with Montessori schools.