What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?
Briefings Magazine, By Glenn Rifkin, Winter 2013 (Reprinted by Tomorrow’s Child, January 2013)
Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate
Huffington Post, By Laura Flores Shaw , 1/27/12
Maria Montessori Stands At The Head Of The Class
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, By NANCY GONDO, 10/10/2011
Learning How to Focus on Focus
Wall Street Journal, 9/3-4/2011
Succeeding at their own pace
Boston.com, Alex Beam, August 26, 2011
Is Montessori The Origin Of Google & Amazon?
Forbes, Steve Denning, 7/29/11
Wakeup Call For The Gates Foundation: Think Bigger!
Forbes, Steve Denning, 7/29/11
Montessori Builds Innovators
Harvard Business Review, Andrew McAfee, 7/25/11
The Montessori Mafia
The Wall Street Journal Bogs, Peter Sims, April 5, 2011
What Bill Gates Could Learn from Chris Rock
Tech Crunch, Peter Sims, March 27, 2011
Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori’s Approach
Angeline S. Lillard, 2/2/11
How to Shape the DNA of a Young Company
New York Times, By Adam Bryant, January 22, 2011
The Importance of Kindergarten
A new study shows that quality kindergarten really pays off for students. Harvard economists found that kids with better kindergarten teachers earned more when they were in their twenties than those with worse teachers. But many education experts say that there is a crisis in today’s kindergarten classes — testing and drilling has replaced imaginative play. At what cost? Harvard economist Raj Chetty talks about his study “How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect your Earnings” and to Temple University psychologist, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, will discuss what’s missing from kindergarten today. She discusses the benefits of a Montessori education.
Clark Montessori Jr. & Sr. High School in Cincinnati, Ohio (the first public Montessori high school in the nation) Earns National Recognition in Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge
NY Times Bestseller on Motivation Praises Montessori Schools
Daniel Pink’s new bestseller Drive discusses our changing understanding of motivation and what leads to high performance and success, especially as we advance into the 21st century. Within that context, Mr. Pink showcases Montessori as one of a select group of “forward-thinking” educational models that “get it” when it comes to education and motivation.
About Montessori schools Mr. Pink writes: “Many of the key tenets of a Montessori education resonate with the principles of Motivation 3.0 — that children naturally engage in self-directed learning and independent study; that teachers should act as observers and facilitators of that learning, and not as lecturers or commanders; and that children are naturally inclined to experience periods of intense focus, concentration, and flow that adults should do their best not to interrupt. Although Montessori schools are rare at the junior high and high school levels, every school, educator, and parent can learn from its enduring and successful approach.” (from Drive by Daniel H. Pink, 2009, p. 182)
How Do Innovators Think?
Harvard Business Review, 11/4/2009
Here is an excerpt from a recent Harvard Business Review blog by Bronwyn Fryer discussing his interview with Professors Jeff Dyer and Clay Christensen about how successful innovators think.
This excerpt calls attention to early influences including Montessori education.
“We also believe that the most innovative entrepreneurs were very lucky to have been raised in an atmosphere where inquisitiveness was encouraged. We were stuck by the stories they told about being sustained by people who cared about experimentation and exploration. Sometimes these people were relatives, but sometimes they were neighbors, teachers or other influential adults. A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity. To paraphrase the famous Apple ad campaign, innovators not only learned early on to think different, they act different (and even talk different).”
Also, there is an interesting discussion of Montessori in the comment section and how some famous Montessori-educated innovators connect their work to their Montessori roots.
http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/ then search “How Do Innovators Think”
Maria Montessori: The 138 Year Old Inspiration behind Spore
William Wright, an American computer game designer was educated at a local Montessori school, where he enjoyed its emphasis on creativity, problem solving, and self-motivation. Wright admitted to having been inspired to create certain elements of SimCity from his experiences in the school. “Montessori taught me the joy of discovery…It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.” His greatest success to date came as the original designer for The Sims games series which, as of 2008, is the best-selling PC game in history.
Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes than Traditional Methods, Study Indicates (Science)
A study comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills.
To read the article in the Sept. 29, 2006 issue of the journal Science go to http://www.montessori-science.org/montessori_science_articles.htm, underneath Articles click on “Early Years: Evaluating Montessori Education.”
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Founders of Google.com credit Their Montessori Education for Much of Their Success
On the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special “The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2004″ Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they said no, that it was their going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.
Jeff Bezos: The Wizard of Web Retailing
Business Week, 12/20/2004
“As a preschooler, Jeffrey P. Bezos displayed an unmatched single-mindedness. By his mother’s account, the young Bezos got so engrossed in the details of activities at his Montessori school that teachers had to pick him up in his chair to move him to new tasks. It’s a trait that goes a long way toward explaining why the company he founded, Amazon.com Inc., has survived to become the most dominant retailer on the Internet.”
To read more articles and press about Montessori go to:
http://www.montessori-science.org/ and click on Articles.