Ep 13: Montessori and Steiner schools! Do they work??

Episode 13 · June 10th, 2019 · 1 hr 14 mins

About this Episode

Montessori and Steiner schools have been preaching “student-focussed” education for more than 100 years. What’s more, their rejection of teacher authority and strict curricula is progressively encroaching on mainstream schools. BUT is there any evidence that their progressive take on schooling provides any longterm benefits to students?? Justin and Justin hope to find out! In this episode we discuss the education principles of Montessori and Steiner schools and investigate any available scientific research on long-term effects to students. Also in this episode: Do elderberries protect you from the flu? What is the gut-brain axis? Does Justin Z have a gambling problem? Who are the other members of the band Genesis?


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Lillard, Angeline & Heise, Megan & M. Richey, Eve & Tong, Xin & Hart, Alyssa & M. Bray, Paige. (2017). Montessori Preschool Elevates and Equalizes Child Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 08. 1783. 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01783.

Sobo, E. (2015) Social Cultivation of Vaccine Refusal and Delayamong Waldorf (Steiner) School Parents Med Anthropol Q. Sep;29(3):381-99. doi: 10.1111/maq.12214. Epub 2015 May 15.

Yang B, Wei J, Ju P et al. (2019) Effects of regulating intestinal microbiota on anxiety symptoms: A systematic review General Psychiatry 2019; 32: e100056. doi: 10.1136/gpsych-2019-100056

Jeremy’s Iron is an excuse for two mates to geek out over science, research and publication. It’s a conversation between a biostatistician (Justin Zeltzer) and an orthopaedic surgeon (Justin Bobyn).