Montessori In The News

Expanding Access to Montessori Education: An Opportunity for Disadvantaged Students

Angela K. Murray, PhD, CUNY Institute for Education Policy, February 2015
Our nation struggles to prepare students for success in a modern economy. Some U.S. students are fortunate enough to be taught the necessary twenty-first century skills, but it is often a matter of chance or familial wealth rather than the deliberate design of our school system. Helping our most vulnerable children enjoy full participation requires not only strong academic skills, but also so-called “social capital,” capacities. Read more

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7 Tech Innovators Who Became Wildly Successful After Going To Montessori School

Caroline Moss, Business Insider Australia, March 2014
Throughout history, tech innovators have had lots of common traits. They’re bright, outside-the-box thinkers, creative, and open-minded about the future. But here’s something you may not know about the tech founders listed below: they all went to Montessori school. Read more

The Future of Education was Invented in 1906

Pascal-Emmanual Gobry, Forbes, January 2014
Wired has an excellent-yet-frustrating story on what they call “A Radical New Teaching Method” that is transforming education. Of course, as the article itself says, there is nothing “new” about this teaching method: let kids figure out things on their own… Read more

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What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?

Glenn Rifkin, Briefings Magazine, January 2013
When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success. Read more


Superwoman Was Already Here

Montessori Madness, Trevor Eissler

Dr. Steve Hughes Discusses Montessori – Part 1

Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education

The Creativity Gap

James Martin, The Globe and Mail/Canada, April 2012
Earlier this month, Google announced a new “multitask mode” for its Chrome browser, allowing people to increase productivity by using a mouse in each hand, at the same time. It was, of course, just one of the Internet giant’s many April Fool’s Day jokes. Read more

On the Montessori Education Model

Syneva Barrett, February 2012
We certainly didn’t plan it to be this way but this week, February 26 – March 2, happens to be Montessori Education week! For our conversation this week, we continue our conversation on the broad topic of education and explore the subject of the Montessori education model with Syneva Barrett. Click here for the podcast.

The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate

Laura Flores Shaw, Huffington Post, January 2012
Over a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered through scientific observations of children that they are not empty vessels to be filled — they are intrinsically motivated doers. She saw that providing a hands-on learning environment that valued choice, concentration, collaboration, community, curiosity, and real-world application produced lifelong learners who viewed “work” as something interesting and fulfilling instead of drudgery to be avoided. Now, research in psychology and neuroscience continually validates Dr. Montessori’s conclusions about children and learning, and Montessori schools are flourishing. Read more

Why Guessing Is Undervalued

Annie Murphy Paul, Time, November 2011
Quick, take a guess: About how many feet high is an eight-story building? Approximately how many tons does the average pickup truck weigh? About how many oranges must be squeezed to yield a gallon of juice? Maybe you gave these your best shot — or maybe you skimmed right over them, certain that such empty conjecture isn’t worth your time. If you fall into the second group, you may want to reconsider. Read more

Learning How to Focus on Focus

Jonah Lehrer, September 2011
For most of human history, the progress of knowledge was constrained by a shortage of information. Books were expensive and rare, libraries were reserved for elite scholars and communication was extremely slow. Mail moved at the speed of horses. Now, of course, we live in the age of Google and Amazon Prime, a time when nearly everything ever written can be accessed within seconds or delivered within days. Facts are cheap and easy; the cellphone has become an infinite library. So what’s holding us back? Read more

Why Start With Montessori?

Dr. Steve Hughes, Beyond Montessori, May 2011
Sometimes the most difficult aspect of choosing the right school for your child boils down to finding good information. Word-of-mouth, school ratings, demographics are often a great start. Yet more important is understanding how a certain learning process yields such great results – for this truly fosters informed decision making. Read more

The Neurology of Montessori

Lori Bourne, Montessori For Everyone, July 2009
Those of us in Montessori education see the positive effects of Montessori on a daily basis. We watch as children’s fine motor skills are strengthened, their reasoning skills sharpened, and their independence encouraged through daily interaction with the prepared Montessori environment. But we can watch all of that and not actually know how the Montessori method achieves the results that it does. Is it just a happy stroke of luck that Montessori materials seem to promote brain development? Read more

Casa dei Bambini and Beyond

Montessori Schools Hit the Century Mark in Stride, Dane L. Peters, Spring 2008
When one thinks about influential philosophers of education, certain names tend to come to mind. There’s Socrates, of course, the granddaddy of them all. But, in our modern era, the list no doubt contains heavy hitters like Piaget, Montessori, Dewey, Adler, and Steiner — not to mention all the current voices such as Howard Gardner, Ted Sizer, Deborah Meier, and others. But, of all of the modern-era educators, the one creating the most buzz these days is Maria Montessori, with her deceptively simple notion of keeping the child at the center of her philosophy and teaching methods. Read more

Good at Doing Things

Dr. Steve Hughes, Good at Doing Things website
In this highly visual, rapid-paced and entertaining talk, Dr. Hughes describes how Maria Montessori’s brain-based approach to education provides an unparalleled foundation for the development of academic, social, and executive functions critical for advanced problem solving and lifetime success. He shows how Montessori education parallels what we now know about brain development and fosters the development of advanced cognitive functions, social cognition, and such higher-order competencies as empathy and leadership. View more