You may or may not know that the Montessori philosophy has been around for over a hundred years. We like to call it timeless education for the modern child. However, some people think that Montessori is outdated and irrelevant. Marnie (WBMS Head of School) created a wonderful bulletin board in our lobby to share how relevant Montessori still is in this crazy touch-screen-smartphone-information time that we live in. We don't always have time to read everything on the bulletin board - and some of our readers are not local - so I wanted to share those treasures with you today.
Harvard Business Review wrote a great article about how Montessori develops leaders. I have experienced the results of this philosophy during every one of the six years my children have been at White Bear Montessori. Read More: "Develop Leaders The Montessori Way"
And HBR wrote another one about innovation....
There are strident disagreements these days over every aspect of American educational policy, except for one. Everyone thinks it would be great if we could better teach students how to innovate.
So shouldn’t we be paying a great deal of attention to the educational method that produced, among others, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Wales, Peter Drucker, Julia Child, David Blaine, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs? They were all students in Montessori schools. According to a Wall Street Journal article by Peter Sims, there’s a “Montessori Mafia” among the creative elite. So maybe there’s something to the method Italian physician Maria Montessori came up with around the turn of the 20th century.... Read More: "Montessori Builds Innovators"
New research from the University of Virginia has found that a Montessori preschool education helps typically under-performing low-income students keep pace with their higher-income peers... Read More: "Study: Montessori Educators Erases Income Achievement Gap"
This one is very close to my heart. Even though I know threats don't work, I have definitely pulled the plug on our internet router on more than one occasion. Read more about the digital divide and where Montessori stands in this debate. Read More: "The Rich Get Smart, The Poor Get Technology: The New Digital Divide in School Choice"
Here is one last article that uses a global example of Montessori in new learning initiatives. Read more: "Turkish Educators To Learn Montessori In New Learning Initiative"
Stay tuned next month for another series of articles that discuss modern applications of Dr. Montessori's philosophy of education. If you have any questions about how Montessori is practiced at White Bear Montessori and what's the difference between authentic Montessori schools and what we call "monte-something" please contact our Head of School for further information.