Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was an Italian educator and theorist whose system of “scientific pedagogy” led to the development of Montessori schools worldwide. Some resources:
* My 38-minute video overview of Montessori education.
* Marsha Enright’s biographical essay on Maria Montessori, “Foundations Study Guide: Montessori Education”, interview about Montessori with Professor Kevin Currie-Knight, and Montessori-related posts at her blog, Liberating Education.
* Angeline Lillard’s excellent book on the evidence for and against Montessori: Montessori, The Science behind the Genius (Oxford University Press 2007).
* Sugata Mitra on child-driven education: Mitra’s TED on children’s natural initiative, the Internet, and what can be done without teachers. Thematically, Mitra’s fun talk is very Locke, Montessori, and, at the end, Hayek.
* A Wall Street Journal blog post, “The Montessori Mafia”: “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.” Related: Larry Page and Sergey Brin discuss their experience as Montessori students.
* A Maria Montessori page at Facebook for ongoing links and news.
* Screen shot of the parallels between Montessori practices and Objectivist philosophy. (Click to enlarge. Context here.)
* Deb Chitwood’s DIY Montessori Materials site.
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