State Commissioner John King sends his own children to a Montessori school, which is his right as a parent.

But he insists that his children are getting an education that is similar to the Common Core, which he has mandated across the state.

This Montessori teacher disagrees. She writes:

Hi Diane,

I keep on hearing John King say that Common Core is a lot like Montessori education, but it is actually the polar opposite. Montessori schools do provide the type of education that you so passionately advocate. My students talk about what is important to them and how they are free to learn.

I thought that this quote by Maria Montessori is so fitting for the situation today: “How can we speak of Democracy or Freedom when from the very beginning of life we mould the child to undergo tyranny, to obey a dictator? How can we expect democracy when we have reared slaves? Real freedom begins at the beginning of life, not at the adult stage. These people who have been diminished in their powers, made short-sighted, devitalized by mental fatigue, whose bodies have become distorted, whose wills have been broken by elders who say: “your will must disappear and mine prevail!”—how can we expect them, when school-life is finished, to accept and use the rights of freedom?” [Maria Montessori, Education for a New World, translator unknown]

Thank you for your tireless efforts and strong voice for all of our nation’s children.

Marianne Giannis
1st-6th grade teacher
Kenosha Montessori School
Kenosha, Wisconsin