Besides being creative, innovative, wildly successful and new-age businesses (that weren’t even dreamed of 30 years ago), do you know what Google, Amazon, Wikipedia & Sim City have in common?
The founders of these companies (two at Google) have Montessori educations, says Peter Sims in the Wall Street Journal.
What is “a Montessori education?”
Although not all are identical (in fact, I visted two that did not fit the ideal), in general Montessori schools aim to:
- Let kids progress at their own pace
- Allow students to pursue interests in-depth
- Encourage self-starting
- Use a variety of materials and approaches
While one school philosophy won’t fit every student, it does beg the question what can we learn from Montessori to develop hidden gifts in today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders?