MAKING THE CASE FOR MONTESSORI
*Montessori’s pedagogy may hold strong cues to address growing job dissatisfaction in organizations and the challenges posed by the fast-changing environment.
Biswas-Diener, R. (2011). “ Manipulating Happiness: Maria Montessori.”InternationalJournal of Wellbeing, 1(2), pp. 214 – 225.
*A look into Montessori’s life with a special emphasis on her teaching philosophy and methods, literature review as it relates to choice-related topics, discussion on “freedom within limits”
Wall Street Journal: The Montessori Mafia
*Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which is so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia.
Science Journal: Evaluating Montessori Education
*Montessori education provides better outcomes than traditional methods, according to a study published in the journal Science.
Harvard Business Review: Montessori Builds Innovators
*The world is a really interesting place, and one that should be explored. Can there be any better foundation for an innovator in training?
*The approach is over 100 years old but the ideas are timeless. The world is finally catching up with Maria Montessori’s insights.
Bagby, J. H., Wells, K., Edmondson, K., and Thompson, L. (2014). “Montessori Education and Practice: A Review of the Literature, 2010 – 2013.” Montessori Life, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 32 – 41.
*A look into the most current literature focused on reviewing Montessori Education and Practices.
Ely, M, and Matias, B (2006). “Montessori Moments: Voices from the Field.” Research supported by the American Montessori Society and the West Side Montessori School.
*Vignettes over Montessori Moments that crystallized for Teachers some crucial issues about Montessori philosophy as it was actualized in the classroom and school life.
Boston Globe: Succeeding At Their Own Pace
*Alex Beam writes about famous Montessori alumni, Steven Levy’s new book about Google, and brain research in this compelling argument for Montessori education. As he says, “If Montessori was a stock, you would buy it!”
Harvard Business Review: How Do Innovators Think
*The most innovative entrepreneurs were very lucky to have been raised in an atmosphere where inquisitiveness was encouraged… A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity.
Thought Leaders Who Attended Montessori
- Joshua Bell, Grammy award-winning violinist, and subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning media story
- Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com
- T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician child psychiatrist, author, and Harvard medical school professor emeritus
- Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google
- Julia Child, Celebrity chef, and author
- George Clooney, Academy award-winning actor, director, producer, humanitarian, United Nations messenger of peace
- Sean “P Diddy” Combs- Grammy award-winning musician, rap recording artist and CEO of bad boy records
- Anne Frank, Author, and diarist from World War II
- Katherine Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Former owner & editor of the Washington Post
- Hellen Keller- the Political activist, author, lecturer, awarded the presidential medal of freedom, one of Gallup’s most widely admired people of the 20th century
- Yo-Yo Ma- United Nations Peace Ambassador, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Presidential Medal of Freedom & National Medal of the Arts
- Will Wright– Video game pioneer, creator of the Sims
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor
- Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
- More Montessori students: Helen Hunt, Taylor Swift, Beyonce Knowles, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales
- Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; Yo-Yo Ma
- Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters, Peter Drucker
Did you know?
- Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.
- Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.
- Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.
- Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.