Today, I am preparing to leave to attend the American Montessori Society (AMS) Conference in San Francisco. The agenda for the conference has many sessions focused on the place of Montessori educators in the educational reform conversation. I am often heard to say, “when people describe the classroom of the future, they are describing a Montessori education.” Even more importantly, Montessori educators can point time and again to adults who were educated in Montessori Schools who represent the outcomes of innovation, creativity and collaboration that educational reformers are seeking.
Last spring, Wall Street Journal published an article titled "The Montessori Mafia," in which author Peter Sims shared the concept that Montessori education has for years produced the outcomes that educational reformers seek to produce.
Sims, stated that: "The Montessori educational approach 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."
AMS expands upon this concept, presenting a list of "Montessori People" - famous and non-famous, Montessori parents, alumni, students and teachers - who have been touched by Montessori education.
These "Montessori People" include writer and world-renowned humanitarian Maya Angelou (a Montessori mom), a world traveler/nurse, a neuroscientist, authors, a high-school student, computer programmers, teachers, a corporate executive and many more. Check out the full list to learn more.
What do these "Montessori People," a diverse group from all walks of life, have in common? They're creative thinkers, confident individuals, critical thinkers and people who always ask "Why?" and "How can we do this differently?"
Do you know any amazing Montessorians who are missing from this list? I look forward to hearing from you!