What are the effects of a method such as Montessori education?

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I often get the question what is better: traditional schools or method schools – I would prefer to call them modern schools – such as Montessori, Jenaplan, Freinet, … Last week I explained to my students that this is something quite difficult to examine as many parents who opt for such a school are often already very much involved in the education of their children, an element that already can predict a lot of the gains at school. A recent review study on Montessori-education showed that a lot of the research suffers from this.
I now have two different studies that use the same trick to bypass this hurdle. They look at a lottery situation and compare the children who won the lottery – who were admitted to a Montessori school – with the children who weren’t but who’s parents equally thought this would be important.

The first study…

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