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The Value of Montessori

Many successful people in business, the arts, academia, and engineering started their educational journey at a Montessori school, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Chef Julia Child, Author Anne Frank, entertainer Beyonce Knowles, and even Prince William.

Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management, recently commented on the value of a Montessori education in his July 2011 Harvard Business Review blog article “Montessori Builds Innovators”.

A 2006 study in the journal Science, as mentioned by Neuroscience expert Jonah Lehrer (also cited in Peter Sims’ April 2011 article The Montessori Mafia in the Wall Street Journal blog), compares a group of low income students in Milwaukee, WI who attended Montessori schools to their peers who attended other traditional preschools and day care centers.  By age 6, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children,” according to the researchers.  “They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.”

In fact, the founders and owners of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, credit their success to a Montessori Education: