WMS people

resourcelinks

We’ve compiled this list of Montessori-related media as a resource for both current and prospective families seeking to learn more about the Montessori Method

THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION WAS INVENTED IN 1906

It’s not every day that a discussion about cutting-edge technology education veers off to laud the Montessori methods. Perhaps that is why the following piece published at Forbes.com really caught our eyes here at WMS. We enjoyed its message and thought you our parent body would enjoy it as well.

Entitled “The Future Of Education Was Invented In 1906″, the article responds to a Wired.com feature about a teacher in Mexico who using “radical new teaching methods” transformed the primary school in a poor, rural town of Mexico. The article goes on to discuss the “hole in the wall” experiment in which a computer is left out for kids to try out. Without instruction, children would not only learn how to use the computer but also how to teach themselves things, like molecular biology, for example.

Contributing writer for Forbes, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry admits ‘this story is inspiring and even, at times, moving.” But, he says, “here’s the thing: there is nothing new about it…In fact, the future of education was invented in 1906.” That’s the year Maria Montessori opened her revolutionary school.

 


 

MARIA MONTESSORI: GURU FOR A NEW GENERATION OF BUSINESS INNOVATORS

This article written by James Martin, as a special to The Globe and Mail, describes how Montessori alumni impact the business cultures of today.

“From the outside, Google seems like a study in contradiction: Playful inquisitiveness and a $205-billion market cap don’t go together. Except, for Google, they do. In fact, the one may actually drive the other.

“You can’t understand Google,” Marissa Mayer, now Google’s vice-president of location and local services, told Newsweek, “unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids.”

Read this story.

 


 

MONTESSORI: THE MISSING VOICE IN THE EDUCATION REFORM DEBATE

This article, written by Laura Flores Shaw, recently appeared in The Huffington Post.

“Now, research in psychology and neuroscience continually validates Dr. Montessori’s conclusions about children and learning, and Montessori schools are flourishing — not just preschools but, increasingly, elementary, middle and secondary schools. So as the education reform debate thunders on, with the many sides agreeing on little beyond the fact that our schools as they are currently designed are failing our children, I can’t help but wonder: Where is the voice of the Montessori movement in the American school reform conversation?”

Read the article.

 


 

WHY WE NEED TO LET KIDS BE CREATIVE

This article was written by By Carolina A. Miranda of parenting.com. “The word ‘creativity,’ in our society, tends to be applied to artistic endeavors. But divergent thinking is an essential part of everyday life, whether it’s navigating office politics or devising a new social-media network,” she writes. Divergent thinking is something we stress here at W

Read this article.

 


 

MONTESSORI TRANSITIONS

Written by Dane Peters, Head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, this article addresses the transitions into, within and beyond a Montessori education.

Read “Montessori Transitions.”

 


 

MONTESSORI MAFIA

This article appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was inspired by Ryan Sager, WSJ Commissioning Editor and a 1993 graduate of Washington Montessori School.

“Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Ditty” Combs.

Read “Montessori Mafia”.


 

MONTESSORI MADNESS

This video is a “fast-draw” animation of a talk by Trevor Eissler, Montessori parent and author of “Montessori Madness: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education.”

 


 

WIN-WIN COMPETITION

This article was written by Pat Werner, Head, Washington Montessori School. It was written in collaboration with Middle School Teacher Tom Fahsbender, Montessori colleague William Maier, Librarian Norma Mitchell and Board Member John Friedman.

Read this article. 

 


 

MONTESSORI 101

This article was written by  Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation, as found in Vol. 4. Number 4 of Tomorrow’s Child.

Read this article.

HANGING IN WITH MONTESSORI

This article was written by Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation.

Read this article.

 


 

EVALUATING MONTESSORI EDUCATION

An analysis of students’ academic and social scores compares a Montessori school with other elementary school education programs. By Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. This report was published in Science magazine.

“Five-year-olds were also tested on executive function, thought to be important to success in school. On one such test, children were asked to sort cards by one rule, switch to a new rule, and (if they did well) then switch to a compound rule. Montessori children performed significantly better on this test.”

Read this analysis.

 


 

EARLY + OFTEN = FOREVER

The most important time for learning is in the early years of life.

Read “Early + Often = Forever.”