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Alert I went to Catholic school?

I didn't even know! I went here:

Mercy Montessori Center

I do think the Montessori experience helped me in life and I don't have any recollection of being inundated with religious stuff. Then again, I was like 4 or 5. Anybody else have experience with Montessori schools?
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:23 PM
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On the subject of schools that I went to, I would like to mention that my high school moved from 65th to 34th in Newsweek's top 1,200 high schools. It has an interesting history (I think I mentioned last year that Charles Manson went there):

Walnut Hills High School (WIKI)
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Mercy is apparently a Catholic Montessori school, but not all Montessori schools are. A good description, at least from what I know of them, is found on Wikipedia.
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On the subject of schools that I went to, I would like to mention that my high school moved from 65th to 34th in Newsweek's top 1,200 high schools. It has an interesting history (I think I mentioned last year that Charles Manson went there):

Walnut Hills High School (WIKI)
Tulsa's Booker T. Washington is 75th on that ranking. That's whack.
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Hey, at least the state you live in has something on the list. Not a single Nebraska school to be found!
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:34 PM
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Gawd, even Kansas has a half dozen.
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I went to non-Montessori Catholic schools from nursery school on. By the time I got to high school my school had created a Montessori class or two, though.

Those little kids were damn impressive. I remember passing by one of the Montessori classes on my way to music. The teacher asked them who the president of the Philippines was and they all responded "Ferdinand MARCOS!" in chorus. They were like 5 years old!
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The boy across the street that we tutor is starting high school this fall and both of his choices pretty much blow (or suck, take your pick). I think we'll continue to tutor him even if he does well. He'll need more knowledge than they are going to provide him.
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I was told I got a 'scholarship' to that Montessori school. I assumed it was 'cause I wuz smart. Turns out I was just poor (I looked at their tuition guide).
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:53 PM
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We enrolled our youngest daughter at a Montessori preschool when she was having a pretty troublesome behavior period in her young life. They worked wonders, I thought. She learned lots of things, but more or less got to do whatever interested her.
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I remember really enjoying myself and finding out later that I was actually accumulating knowledge. I have unpleasant memories of the pee-smell of the nap-time mattresses, though.
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Montessori rules! I attended a private Montessori school from age 2.5 until I went to kindergarten at a public school. Like Javaman, I remember really enjoying myself and only realizing in hindsight how much I learned there. The kids in kindergarten were way behind my Montessori peers; I am convinced that my Montessori experience played a large part in me being skipped from 1st to 3rd grade. If I have kids, they are absolutely going to Montessori --- maybe all the way through high school.
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My sisters went to Montessori, and they're Greek Orthodox. I think my mother might have noticed if religion paid too much of a factor in things. I've no opinion on their effect on grades.

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The most notable Montessori school in these parts in closely affiliated with the Mennonite church. Smack in the center of a metro area. The school meets in the Mennonite church building, but every parent I've known who has had a child in their program just raves about it and has no problems whatsoever with any religious training...

I have another set of friends who are so involved with their Waldorf School, they serve on the board and helped acquire an actual middle school for their middle/high school program. I know less about the Waldorf program, but their kids seem to have done quite well. I do know that it was originally established by Rudolf Steiner, which is enough to raise eyebrows.

Oh...and most of my friends who went to Catholic schools use the phrase "I survived Catholic school."
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I survived all kinds of Catholic schools. Some even had nuns and priests. But then, I was Catholic at the time. I went to a Catholic university too, where I studied Middle Eastern Studies. Many students and some of the teachers were Muslims, the university is Catholic in name only really, although the theology faculty is probably still Catholic.
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I was just looking at tuition for Montessori schools in Oklahoma. Here in Tulsa it runs about $650 a month, almost twice that of one in Enid, which is $350 a month. I guess it varies considerably. Daycare we're paying for our grandson runs about $350 a month now and it's only good through pre-K age (4-5 years old).

Also, one of the Tulsa ones is secular, as is the Enid one, but the other two in Tulsa are church connected and have Bible-learning as part of the curriculum. Looks like someone considering one should check on that before enrollment.
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The Li'l Puppet is in a Montessori school right now, 3 days a week. I haven't had much of a chance to observe how they teach, but so far I haven't been impressed by what I've seen at this particular school, nor by how much she seems to be learning there vs. what my wife has accomplished at home. I'm not sure if it's because I'm expecting too much too soon, or if this is a MINO (Montessori in name only).
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