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Montessori Education is growing and thriving.

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Hi. I am Joseph Guy Campbell. Montessori Education is my business. If you are a parent or a teacher, I want to help you!

I work with folks in Public Montessori programs serving under-resourced communities, all the way to the most expensive private Montessori schools serving children of the elite.

I am glad to announce that outcomes for Montessori children are consistent and good.

It's a great time to be involved in Montessori Education. And it is a great time to grow up with Montessori influence. Especially with all the trauma, anxiety and depression children are facing, Montessori Education can be a life saver.

Montessori Education is a method based on the science of how children learn.

Do you know that optimal learning doesn’t always occur when children are seated in their classroom listening to a lecture?

Do you know that children must develop their intellectual capacity, by engaging in a variety of activities, in order to also achieve academic success?

Montessori Education has been so successful, because it is a holistic approach to learning. Conventional education is different because it relies on punishment and extrinsic rewards to motivate children, kind of like a prison:

Imagine if you went to work and made a mistake, so you were forced to stay in the building while your colleagues went out to lunch.

Imagine if your boss used score cards mounted to the walls to track your failures, for everyone to see.

These are common, punitive methods employed in conventional education, but if your boss used these methods they would be sued.

Mental illness is affecting young people in drastic ways, and the push for academic achievement, while ignoring other critical parts of human development, is exacerbating this problem. That is why we need reform. We need to let the science of learning guide Public Instruction Reform.

Imagine if a child’s intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional development was prioritized as much as their academic achievement.

Imagine if schools, teachers and parents all coordinated their efforts, and used proven scientific methods to raise happy, healthy, and smart individuals!

Imagine if the genius of every child was nurtured.

Montessori Education is a phenomenal approach to learning.

But if you want to know my opinion about education in general, I think we are in trouble. That is why I am running for State Superintendent. Children are more challenging to deal with than ever before. Parents are angry. Teachers are tired and quitting. 

The politics of education are deeply divided. There is conflict and distrust between teachers and parents. Public Instruction needs reform. And we need renewed faith in the system in order for all stakeholders to prosper.

First, here are the good things that are happening in California education.

The Incumbent and Honorable Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, pictured with challenger, Joseph Guy Campbell. No matter who wins, California will be in good hands.

Tony Thurmond, our Honorable State Superintendent, is about to preside over the most significant increase in per-pupil spending ever! Great job, Gavin and Tony! Our state is poised to see spending rise from an average of $14,000 to $20,000 per pupil, annually.

California may switch to enrollment-based funding, rather than attendance-based funding. This will make it easier for schools to create annual budgets. 

There may be increased funding to help homeless children and families. It's hard to learn when you are a homeless child.

We are seeing a lot of support for efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

And we are seeing a push for more counselors in schools. 

And now the bad.

Public Education, by and large, is based on a top-down style of leadership and uses punitive measures designed to punish children for failing. Many people I know have a traumatic story about their experience at Public School.

Conflict is built into the system. For years the only way to address behavior has been to punish children. In fact, many adults cannot imagine how to relate to children without threats and punishment. 

The truth is we have all been gaslighted. Have you ever heard terms like, "This hurts me more than it hurts you."

Our education system doesn't just unfairly target Black and Brown children. Poor children are targeted. Neurodivergent children are targeted. Disabled children are targeted. LGBQT+ children are targeted.

We have been conditioned to accept punishment and retribution as part of education, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Education should nurture a child’s spirit, not crush their spirit.

Too many children have been chewed up and spat out of Public Education with their spirits destroyed.

Unfortunately, as our leaders continue to pass the buck, teachers get blamed for a system that is failing.

And because many parents endured harsh treatment in school when they were students, there is a huge amount of distrust between parents and teachers today. 

Today, stressed out parents expect more from the Public Schools where they are required to send their children.

And teachers are desperate for better ways to engage their students. The majority of teachers show up every day with love for their children, only to be met with outdated, punitive policies they are required to follow. Other issues include pay that does not increase with cost of living, and long uninterrupted periods of time supervising children. Sometimes teachers cannot even take a break to use the bathroom.

Conditions for teaching have deteriorated significantly over the last few years, and there is an exodus away from the profession. This has caused a teacher shortage and led to situations in which hundreds of children are "corralled" into gymnasiums or cafeterias so a minimum number of teachers can supervise them.

In Los Angeles Unified Schools, administrators have been reassigned to over 400 classrooms that do not have teachers. 

Can we just force the children to catch up?

The science of learning clearly indicates that children must engage in a variety of activities to foster their intellectual development and increase their executive functioning skills so they can learn academics.

At school, educators are trying to fill in these gaps by teaching children social and emotional skills so they can have a peaceful classroom. Educators are desperate for art, music, and sports programs so their children can experience a balanced school life, engage in activities they enjoy, and show up to school each morning enthusiastically.

We know children are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression than ever before. However, the standard response to low academic test scores is more academic instruction. This response is coming from bureaucrats and decision makers not from teachers. Most teachers and administrators of schools recognize the push for academics is failing our children and the results are not increased academic performance. Instead, the results are increased levels of mental illness among students.

What is "Learning Loss"? 

The term” learning loss” has caused a nationwide hysteria, and while we all agree the pandemic has given children fewer academic learning opportunities, a large percentage of our society wants to ignore the trauma children have endured these last few years.

Yes, according to the test results children are behind academically. But they are also behind socially and emotionally. Ignoring this fact is cruel.

Children need time to heal, along with academic opportunities to catch up. Increased instruction and decreased fun will not get our children where we want them to be. Joy must also be present for optimal learning to occur. 

So, why Montessori Education?

In Montessori schools cooperation is encouraged, compliance by force is avoided.  The science of learning clearly indicates that Montessori techniques work. Children learn better when they experience joy and are not under threat of punishment.

Joseph Guy Campbell’s youngest daughter’s report card. His daughter had 6 years of Public Montessori and is thriving in her district middle school. This is an example of what happens when schools, teachers and parents all coordinate their efforts .

In Montessori Schools, teachers are trained to respect and give individual lessons to all children, because all children are unique. The Montessori phonics approach to reading makes learning to read and write fun! In Montessori Schools children learn to care for their environment. And children can move freely, they are not forced to sit still.

Montessori Education blessed my life growing up. While working in a Montessori School I witnessed happy, enthusiastic children learning academics along with practical life skills! Currently as a Montessori Education Publisher, I am thrilled to work with a community full of leaders who are concerned and vocal about issues regarding children's rights and social justice.

Maria Montessori developed her methods over a lifetime of scientific observation and discovery. Montessori Education has been influencing and inspiring Public School Education for years. There are over 500 District, Magnet and Charter Public Montessori Programs open in America today. Many of these schools have operated with success for decades.

Outside of the classroom, Montessori is a movement of supportive and concerned educators and community who promote children's rights, the science of learning, and peace and justice through education.

Today, more than ever we need to examine commonly held assumptions about education and how we relate to children. We need to trust the data, and trust the science. We need to restore faith in our education system in order to restore trust between parents and teachers. And we need to do that by innovating curriculum, and trusting teachers to lead and transform Public Instruction.

Today, we need education that will enable children to thrive both socially and academically. We need students leaving our schools with bright minds and strong spirits.

We need to invest in Public Education and invest in reform.

We need Montessori Inspiration for Public Schools.

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