Gotta read through this thread at Mothering dot com.
I found it rather enlightening, especially about the
pros and cons of Montessori schools and homeschooling
with Montessori. Also, people wrote in from around
the world with their own experiences. For example
Montessori in Sweden seems to be quite more open
and aligned with the national agenda vs. more
structured Montessori programs. Schools can be
so different. One lady expressed her frusteration
over the equipment being for only one use
ie. no creativity with the pink tower for example.