San Francisco school officials want to expand a Montessori program at one of the city’s public elementary schools. They believe that the alternative curriculum, which emphasizes self-directed, developmentally based learning, could benefit underprivileged students. But some teachers and parents at Cobb Elementary oppose the move, fearing it will push out the more traditional general education curriculum.
Jill Tucker, education writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
Rachel Norton, parent and member of the San Francisco Board of Education
Marystarr Hope, parent of a student in the Cobb Elementary Montessori Program
Jill Sprague, parent of a kindergartner in the general education program at Cobb Elementary
Lorie Jones, parent of a child in Cobb Elementary's 3rd grade