Wall Street Journal:
The Montessori Mafia
Ironically, 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.
The Christian Science Monitor:
Maria Montessori and 10 famous
graduates from her schools
Maria Montessori stands in
many ways as the mother of alternative education.
The Italian physician and teacher invented a new
kind of school, one with self-directed learning,
classrooms with mixed age groups, and no grades.
Now, on what would have been her 142 birthday,
thousands of schools bear her name. These Montessori
schools have some very famous alumni, many of which
credit the free-flowing classes with teaching them
to think differently and allowing them to change the