BEFORE DEVELOPMENTS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND METHODS TO WORK TOGETHER.
MONTESSORI and WALDORF were clearly on to something.
The Lead out method is in alignment with MANY aspects of both.
It's difficult to argue with the Montessori emphasis on
developing natural interests,
hands-on learning and real-world skills.
The emphasis on independence and students as naturally driven and able to learn on their own seems well-placed also.
And it makes sense, as Maria Montessori believed, that children unfold as they get older.
Developing critical thinking, practical skills and artistic ability — who can argue with these goals?
Developing creativity, unlocking the imagination. Why not!
That in Waldorf schools teachers have more autonomy, as do students, the Lead out method is clearly in favor of this.
Interestingly, a focus on qualitative assessments is in alignment with one of the giants of modern quality:
W. Edwards Deming, famously said
"The most important things you cannot measure.",
and this from a statistician!
On the other hand, eschewing quantitative measures as Waldorf does, we believe, is throwing the baby out with the bath water.
MONTESSORI and WALDORF are MISSING the "HOW?".
HOW does one accomplish the BEAUTIFUL goals of Montessori and Waldorf?
Only in the LAST FEW DECADES have answers to "HOW?" become available.
MISSING the BASIC: EDUCATING for AUTONOMY
PSYCHOLOGY WAS IN IT'S INFANCY 100 YEARS AGO
There have been amazing developments in psychology, neuro psychology.
Many techniques have been developed: guided imagery, studies in volition (the will), self-awareness, the whole mindfulness movement.
Consider dyslexia, how it is understood to be an advantage in science, as patterns are more readily recognized. For issues with reading many work-arounds have been developed.
Treatments for people on the spectrum have flourished, leading to quality of life improvements.
Tremendous advances have been made in HOW to develop HUMAN POTENTIAL.
MISSING MODERN PLANNING
MODERN METHODS FOR WORKING TOGETHER HADN'T BEEN INVENTED 100 YEARS AGO
The one method which did exist 100 years ago, is the very same 1-SIZE-FITS-ALL method schools still use today. This invention of Frederick Winslow Taylor worked brilliantly for adding value incrementally, such as in factories making Model T cars.
The phrase "knowledge worker" wasn't even coined until 1959, by Peter F. Drucker.
The Deming quality method wasn't known outside of Japan until 1980.
Scrum, the widely used lean/agile technique, was first presented at an OPPSLA conference in 1995.