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Just what the wider educational community needs a book written with passion and understanding by a Montessori parent to other parents. Trevor Eissler is a rare parent who can put into writing his enthusiasm and first-hand experience as a Montessori advocate to other parents. ---Barbara Gordon, President, Montessori Institute of Texas; Founder, Barbara Gordon Montessori School

I am excited that our faculty will be reading Montessori Madness! this summer for our summer reading selection. It is a very practical perspective from a parent that gives great insight and answers to the questions that our parent body seems to be seeking. This book gives us very tangible topics to discuss with parents in the upcoming years. ---Michele Shane, Head of School, The Children's House

What's great about this book is that it is written by a Montessori parent for other parents who may or may not have already discovered Montessori education for their children. It's easy reading and passionately makes the case for choosing Montessori. ---Nirvair Khalsa, Head of School, Khalsa Montessori School

About the Author

Trevor Eissler, father of three children attending Montessori schools, is a pilot and flight instructor. His teaching experience is in a jet airplane cockpit at 40,000 feet. The painfully slow evolution of pilot training was brought home to him while observing 3 year-olds in a Montessori classroom. The learning principles that leading-edge aviation instructors were trying to implement (while running up against entrenched bureaucracy in aviation) were the very same principles already implemented and proving wildly successful in Montessori classrooms.

Researching these learning principles and practices, observing his children's progress, and experiencing a new way of looking at children, family, and community through the Montessori lens convinced him of the urgent need to let other families know about this wonderful education option.

Eissler is an author, a juggler, a unicyclist, a Toastmaster, a pianist, a triathlete, and a husband. He wants to be a Montessori student when he grows up.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sevenoff, LLC; First edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098228330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982283301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of "Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education", "4,962,571", "That 17th Hat", and "N is for North Korea", Trevor Eissler is a business jet pilot and flight instructor. He speaks internationally on education issues. He lives with his wife and three children in Texas.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SusanC on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Trevor Eissler has an easy, conversational writing style, and a gift for translating academic jargon into something useful. He walks readers right into the Montessori classroom and provides the details they crave when trying to compare schools, programs, and philosophies. As a great storyteller with a sense of humor, he entertains as he enlightens. The book is packed with meaty anecdotes and the best of what critics and educators have had to say on the subject of school reform. It held my attention from the first eight word opening sentence to the very last page.

Montessori Madness! not only discusses what's gone wrong in other schools, but also identifies what exactly about the Montessori classroom goes so delightfully right. It inspires parents to experiment and innovate and actively participate in the design of the education of their children. My sense is that Montessori Madness! began as a father's private investigation and evolved into a call to action. I have not found another book out there that gets to the heart of the Montessori education like this book does. Thank you, Trevor Eissler, for a great offering.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. McReynolds on July 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a Montessori teacher for over 30 years, I was thrilled to read Trevor Eissler's book Montessori Madness. This book is not the usual dry treatise on education, but an entertaining, thought-provoking insight into Montessori philosophy. A father of three children and a pilot by profession, Mr. Eissler uses his own interesting life experiences to illustrate the basic tenets of Montessori philosophy. His colorful and descriptive analogies paint a picture so moving, so profound, and yet so entertaining, one cannot put it down. Montessori Madness is not only an informative book for Montessori parents; it is an impassioned plea for a complete paradigm shift in education. I'm ordering a copy for President Obama!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2009
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We recently ordered this book after wanting to know more about the Montessori education our child receives and to help us decide how long we would keep our child enrolled at his Montessori school. The book really catches your attention as Trevor Eissler tells the story of his family's journey to Montessori education and as he describes the environment where his children attend school. The book is written with a light touch: the author is full of engaging ancedotes of his own life experience that are both relevant and humorous.

In the end, this book helped us understand more about why this educational approach has worked so well for our child. It also provided a well-reasoned explanation of why Montessori education should be available to all children, and why that is not an unreasonable goal. Now we need Mr. Eissler to write a how-to manual on where to go from here!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By WMW on February 5, 2013
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If you are interested in learning all about Trevor Eissler's life experiences, social ideas, and pet peeves, this is the book for you. If you are interested in learning (or learning more) about the Montessori method and why it may be a good fit for your child (as I believe it is for mine), then do not buy/open this book. Reviews for this book found on various places around the web lauded it for its conversational, approachable style. I misunderstood this characterization. I believed it meant solely that it would achieve its comparative purpose in easy to understand, lay person terms. If you stick with it, it will eventually do this, but, before it does, it will ramble on and on and on about the author's pant-staining childhood, about his experiences with the medical professionals of a neonatal intensive care unit, about his views on the industrial prison complex, etcetera, etc. Had I been engaged in an actual conversation with Mr. Eissler, I would have hung up the phone or cooked him some dinner so that he would eat and stop talking or, more likely, just told him to get to the point. Don't get me wrong; I agree with most of his world perspectives. I just don't believe that I needed to know all about Mr. Eissler in order to respect his views on how traditional education compares to a Montessori education. I wanted to like this book, because I will be sending my son to a Montessori school when he starts his education this year. (I made this decision before he was born and long before reading this book. That's a good thing, because Mr. Eissler's verbose style rings like a cult leader's chant and would have given me pause when making my decision had I not had other sources of information.) In short, I wanted to like it, but I don't.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nirvair K. Khalsa on July 22, 2009
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What's great about this book is that it is written by a Montessori parent for other parents who may or may not have already discovered Montessori education for their children. It's easy reading and passionately makes the case for choosing Montessori.

Trevor is a business jet pilot and flight instructor who lives near Austin, Texas. The story begins with Trevor's own experiences as a new father discovering his own children and exploring education options, including homeschooling, as the children grow to preschool age. Trevor and his wife asked a lot of questions and did a lot of reading as they worked out their decisions for their family.

Exploring the homeschool option, Trevor was alarmed to discover that there are those who believe that the present school system is actually harmful to education. So he researched more and found lots of new voices in education who advocate a rethinking of teaching methods and our whole approach to education. He worries that single-minded focus on measurable results compromises education because it focusses on achievement which can be measured, and marginalizes achievement that can't be measured such as independence, motivation, curiosity, concentration, wisdom, resourcefulness, courage and originality.

This path of questioning and research eventually lead Trevor and his wife to a Montessori school. He beautifully describes what it was like to walk into the classroom for the first time. In the remaining chapters Trevor explains the fundamentals of Montessori education. It's a great tutorial for anyone who wants to know what happens in a Montessori classroom. He shows that Montessori education is concrete yet profound, as well as fun. It's perfectly natural and revolutionary all at once. He breathes a sigh of relief because he knows that although his children are not at home, they are in the next-best place.

Read the book, you'll love it.
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