Montessori fosters a child’s natural curiosity, instills a joy of learning, and provides one of the most effective and efficacious academic learning environments. The richness of Montessori education is that it offers so much more nurturing the child’s ability to:
- Develop intrinsic motivation - Develop the habit to do something that needs to be done but without being told to do so as well as challenge oneself to improve oneself.
- Develop internal controls and limits - Allow the child to make appropriate choices, learn to share, compromise, and understand the natural consequences of one’s actions.
- Be empathetic - Feel others’ concerns, understand their views, be responsive to others, leading to the ability to work cooperatively and effectively within groups as well as the ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages.
- Understand and appreciate diversity within our communities- Observe the richness diversity offers, which leads to respect for others.
- Work independently - Create one’s own schedule/plan and follow it accordingly. This in turn leads to the ability to question for deeper understanding and think independently (to think “outside the box”).
- Learn for the sake of learning - Make learning a lifelong passion.
- Develop critical thinking skills (higher level thinking) - Apply knowledge learned to solve new intellectual challenges.
- Understand the process of learning - Understand the process behind the acquisition of knowledge, not just the knowledge itself (not only “what I’ve learned, but how I learned it”).
- Integrate knowledge - Acquire new knowledge more profoundly because it is learned not as part of a group of facts but by the synthesis of new knowledge with that which is already known.
- Understand oneself - Develop greater self-confidence and self-assurance. Through works and interactions with others, one learns to appreciate oneself.
- Develop intuitive and environmental intelligence as well as statistical intelligence - (even though statistical intelligence – the accumulation of facts – is necessary for standardized tests and other mandated standards of learning).
Famous Montessori Alumni
The famous individuals most obviously influenced by Montessori are former Montessori students. Many of these individuals are known for their initiative, creativity, and self confidence. These include actors George Clooney, Cami Cotler, John and Joan Cusack, Dakota Fanning, Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, Helen Hunt, and Lea Salonga; artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser; authors Anne Frank and T. Berry Brazelton; management guru Peter Drucker; Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; Sims designer Will Wright; former Washington Post owner and editor Katharine Graham; former First Lady and editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez; celebrity chef and author Julia Child; magician David Blaine; media mogul Sean Combs; country music artist Taylor Swift; musician Joshua Bell; and Princes William and Harry.
Famous Montessori Parents
Montessori education is a well-thought-out choice for many parents who are looking for a school providing individualized instruction and the opportunity for their children to achieve their potential. Among Montessori parents are former U.S. President Bill Clinton; Secretary of State Hilary Clinton; Michigan state governor Jennifer Granholm; actors Patty Duke Austin, Yul Brynner, Cher, Michael Douglas, Shari Lewis, and Susan St. James; athlete David Robinson; authors John Bradshaw (psychologist and author), Gordon Ramsay (celebrity chef and author) and Tana Ramsay (cookbook author and Montessori teacher), and musicians Yo Yo Ma and Willie Nelson.