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A possibly stunningly silly question about Montessori education

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bran · 09/10/2008 22:32

Is it part of the Montessori method that all women and girls must wear skirts/dresses? I've only recently noticed that the female teachers at DS's school never wear trousers, and the uniform list only gives the option of a tunic dress or a summer dress for the girls.

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Overmydeadbody · 09/10/2008 22:33

Um... I don't think so (but could be wrong)

bran · 09/10/2008 22:35

Possibly it's the headteachers personal preference then.

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admylin · 09/10/2008 22:35

My SIL is a Montessori teacher and she always wears trousers to work.

HaveYouCheckedTheChildren · 09/10/2008 22:37

Mine are at Montessori and the teachers wear trousers. There's only one male teacher and he wear trousers too.

MollieO · 09/10/2008 22:38

Majority of teachers at my ds's M nursery wore trousers.

bran · 09/10/2008 22:39

LOL at the male teacher wearing trousers, they do at DS's school too, funnily enough. (BTW, I know there should have been an apostrophe in headteacher's. Must proof-read more.)

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bran · 09/10/2008 22:48

One of my friends is a TA at the school, I must remember to ask her the next time I see her.

He's been there since January and I've only started to notice this in the last couple of weeks. I'm a bit slow on the uptake I think.

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islandofsodor · 09/10/2008 23:07

On the assumption that a Montessori school is a private school it is very, very common that in private schools girls are only allowed to wear dresses/skirts.

Yurtgirl · 09/10/2008 23:08

I dont know re montessori but steiner school teachers have a thing about wearing aprons!

HaveYouCheckedTheChildren · 09/10/2008 23:14

My old private school has trousers for girls now. Scruffy gits. We campaigned for years to wear trousers. Had to wait for the headmistress to die obviously. Still, they would have been burgundy flares. Better orf in our frocks.

bran · 10/10/2008 08:23

I kind of get the traditional girls wearing dresses thing, I had to wear a skirt when I was at school, but I've never noticed a school before where the female teachers never wore trousers which is why I wondered if it was a Montessori thing.

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MadamePlatypus · 10/10/2008 12:00

DS's v. straight down the line Montessori nursery teacher usually wore jeans.

All the children wore smocks, but I think that was just to keep their clothes clean. (And wearing a smock is probably the nursery equivalent of having a straw boater...)

castille · 10/10/2008 12:06

At my DD's montessori primary the teachers wear whatever they like. As do the pupils.

Though like at MadamePlatypus's nursery, the pre-schoolers wear smocks to keep their clothes clean.

northernrefugee39 · 10/10/2008 12:40

My dd was at Montessori nursery, and the teacher's definitely wore trousers.
Steiner school teachers, particularly in kidergarten and for the younger children- have to wear skirts or a dress; the curved shape is more spiritual . Also, they have very defined views on the roles of the sexes ... sexist in fact...

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