I just read a piece by blogger Cooper Zale (aka “Lefty Parent”) placing Maria Montessori’s work in the context of education reform over the last century plus.
Last spring, a blog post appeared in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Montessori Mafia.” I was intrigued. Writer Peter Sims explores what connects some of our most creative innovators, people like Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and videogame inventor Will Wright. All benefitted, at least in their early educations, from Montessori environments where they had the freedom to explore and pursue their passions.Read More.
An interesting article has been circulating in the Montessori world over the last several weeks. In a January 27, 2012 Huffington Post piece, Laura Flores Shaw advocates for Montessori education as a more deliberate part of the education reform debate. Shaw describes her transformation to becoming a Montessorian and the things that she knows work: giving children the ability to move around the classroom, small group lessons, and attention to the individual interests of students.Read More.
This morning, I drove to the East side of St. Paul. As I crossed the Mississippi River in the early fog, I caught a glimpse of the magical February hoarfrost covering the trees along the banks. I was on my way to hear some dedicated Montessorians, including Ben Moudry of Great River School, Molly O’Shaughnessy of the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, and David Kahn of the North American Montessori Teachers Association talk about adolescent education and the importance of providing young people with the environments and teachers to support their development.Read More.