Charlotte Cushman:

Discipline is Not a Bad Word

Teachers and parents have backed off from discipline. They have been told to avoid consequences, avoid the word “no,” and not to put children in time-outs. Sadly, this trend has gained traction among Montessorians which is ironic, since Montessori, herself, was an advocate for strong correction from the adult until the child develops self-discipline. It is no coincidence that when adults become unassertive, children often become rude, violent and disrespectful. Children need proper discipline and they aren’t getting it. In this talk I explain why children are not getting the guidance and correction that they need and make the case that the correct discipline practices are based on the educational principles advocated by Maria Montessori.

Lecture details

Age group:  0-6
Lecture duration: 49 minutes
Date: November 2020


Charlotte Cushman attended Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, where she received a B.S degree in elementary education in 1972. Immediately after graduation, she took her Montessori training from Lena Wikramaratne (a colleague and friend of Maria Montessori). She has: both AMI and AMS Montessori certifications, over 40 years teaching experience, and co-owned and operated two Montessori schools. She speaks to the general public on education and authored Montessori: Why It Matters for Your Child’s Success and Happiness, Effective Discipline the Montessori Way, and Your Life Belongs to You.