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What do P. Diddy, Sergey Brin, and Peter Drucker have in common?
When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success,” writes Glen Rifkin in a feature article in the Winter 2013 issue of Briefings, a leadership publication of Korn/Ferry International, a leading executive recruiting firm. “Eliminating the rigid structures of conventional classrooms, a Montessori school encourages students to embrace their curiosity, think imaginatively and see the world as an array of possibilities,” Rifkin observes. “In other words, it is an innovation incubator at the most basic level. And not surprisingly, the method has spawned a long list of overachievers.”

The article describes how the Montessori approach to learning shaped the mindsets of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, and their ideas about running their company. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, is quoted about the value of his Montessori education: “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the

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The Montessori Mafia: How a Montessori Approach Nurtures Creativity
A 2011 article in The Wall Street Journal suggests that a Montessori education “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.Diddy” Combs.” What is it about the Montessori approach that nurtures creativity?

Science Study Shows Montessori Leads Traditional Schooling
A 2006 study by a University of Virginia psychologist comparing outcomes of children at a public inner-city Montessori school with children who attended traditional schools indicates that Montessori education leads to children with better social and academic skills.

Is Montessori The Origin Of Google & Amazon?
Management consultant and Forbes contributor Steve Denning argues that after 100 years, “the world is finally catching up with Maria Montessori’s insights.”

Montessori Student Discovers New Molecule
After a brief introduction to how molucules are formed, a 5th grader at a Kansas City, MO, Montessori school created a new molecule, not yet synthesized and unknown to science until now. In a 2012 paper in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Robert Zoellner, a Professor in Chemistry at Humboldt State University, confirmed that Clara Lazen’s molecule, tetranitratoxycarbon, had a unique and previously unrecognized structure.

Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate
An article in the Huffington Post argues that the debate over education reform is missing a critical piece: the Montessori perspective.

Daniel Pink Connects Montessori Education with Internal Motivation
In an interview in Montessori Life magazine, Daniel Pink, best selling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, discusses the strong connection he sees between Montessori education and his work on Drive. “At the heart of the Montessori method,” he says, “is self-direction and letting kids follow their own curiosity, not dictating things, not bribing them or threatening them but allowing self-direction as the pathway to understanding and excellence.”

Early Montessori Education Predicts Higher Math and Science Scores
A study conducted by the Association Montessori Internationale on the performance of Montessori students when they transition to more traditional academic environments found that attending a Montessori program from around the age of three to eleven predicts significantly higher math and science standardized test scores in high school.

Montessori Schools Teach 21st Century Skills
It is impossible to predict the future, except to say that the world our children will enter when they graduate from school will be very different from today’s. The content knowledge they acquire today will surely not be as important as the ability to solve complex problems and transfer solutions to new contexts. Montessori Life magazine looks at a qualitative study examining the use of problem-solving strategies within a Montessori environment.

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Montessori Madness

Trevor Eissler presents a parent’s prospective of Montessori education.

Montessori Education Promotes Higher Order Cognitive Functions

Clinical psychologist Dr. Steven 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. An Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Division of Pediatric Clinical Neurosciences from 2001 to 2011, Dr. Hughes 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.