More on Montessori: The Montessori Mafia

Do you remember when Upcycled Education's Montessori post won "Best of Show?"  If not, click here for a recap of all five best of show winners.  Since you know I am a Montessori advocate, you understand how excited I was reading this Wall Street Journal article on the "Montessori Mafia."  Indeed, many of the 21st century innovators - like Google, Amazon and Wikipedia's founders - are Montessori alumni.

See for yourself in this spirited article.  I am grateful lil O is continuing her Montessori education in elementary school.  Lucky kid.
My best,

PS - If you want to learn more about Montessori Education, click here for a tidy overview.


  1. This is interesting to me because it seems that some started in Montessori but later moved to traditional learning. Is the opportunity for k-12 montessori limited and more prevalent for pre-school only? I know for a fact the Sergei Brin (Google) did not graduate from a Montessori school but a MD Public High School. Is an early montessori start, say preschool only, enough to foster the mindset and learning styles and capabilities to then apply the theories to the standardly taught lessons, therefore, having a leg-up? I am fascinated by Montessori yet also in fear of it. As I mentioned in class, I was scared for the Montessori student to then go into the real world of college or a job where there are deadlines and you have much less autonomy, and choice over the T's.(Task, time, team). I loved your response how you were betting on her being prepared enough by Montessori to handle any of those pressures.

  2. Before I read this article (and a few others on Upcycled) and taking Edu 214, I knew nothing of Montessori, but now I'm obsessed. I think having tangible, concrete materials go far to enhance learning. Students with learning disabilities or intellectual disabilities who have difficult with learning abstractly will have the tangible materials helping students to have opportunities for dualism and constructivism. In addition, I love the work stations that help students to work at their own pace and can prevent the focus from falling on a small group of special needs students working together. In addition, the self-motivated learning/thinking would be helpful to any child with special needs, as this will lead them to find "what works'' for them in the classroom. I don't plan on having children for awhile but I know that when I do, they will attend Montessori schools.
    *Carrie S