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"Montessori Madness!"

Enjoy this 5 minute YouTube video on one parent's perspective of the core contrast between Montessori and conventional schools:

Eight Ways Your Child Can Benefit from a MAC Education:

  1. Montessori education supports intellectual, social, physical, creative and moral development.
  2. MAC offers quality education from infant to early adolescence with a cohesive philosophy and challenging curriculum.
  3. Montessori education is a proven alternative to traditional education. Students are self-motivated, self-disciplined, well-prepared academically and able to work independently and in groups.
  4. MAC creates a collaborative environment where students, parents and faculty work together toward life long outcomes. 
  5. Montessori education prepares students for academic excellence, confident, life long learning and responsible, caring lives.
  6. Montessori educated students encourage each other to learn while working at their own pace.
  7. MAC offers convenient, safe and creative child care programs after school and for much of the summer.
  8. MAC's extraordinary faculty offers children the benefits of their world and career experience, helping to celebrate cultural differences as well as similarities.

Outcomes of Montessori Education:

  • Intrinsic Motivation: Intrinsic motivation is the innate desire that drives the child to engage in an activity for enjoyment and satisfaction.
  • Internalized Ground Rules - Ability to Work with External Authority: Montessori students are normally comfortable with ground rules established by external authority as appropriate boundaries in their interactions within the school community. These ground rules are internalized, enabling the student to function with or without the presence of the external authority.
  • Creativity and Originaltiy of Thought: Students are confident using the knowledge and skills they have acquired to express their own ideas and creativity. They recognize the value of their own ideas, respect the creative process of others and are willing to share regardless of risk. Students find joy and satisfaction in self-expression.
  • Social Responsibility: Social responsibility requires the awareness that one's actions impact the welfare of the group and that one cannot attain complete independence and autonomy until one contributes constructively in a group process. Individuals are able to make a positive contribution to their community and groups within that community.
  • Autonomy: The autonomous child is self directed, composed and morally independent.
  • Confidence and Competence: The confident and competent child perceives himself as being successful, has a realistic understanding of accomplishment and has the ability to learn from his/her mistakes. Competence is the capability for success through taking risks, reflection and self-correction.
  • Moral Development and Awareness: Montessori students are often exceptionally compassionate, empathetic, and sensitive to the natural world and the human condition.
  • Academic Preparation:  On an academic level, Montessori provides students with skills that allow them to become independently functioning adults and lifelong learners. As students master one level of academic skills, they are able to go further and apply themselves to increasingly challenging materials across various academic disciplines. Students recognize that there is always room to grow in their abilities to read, write, speak, and think clearly and thoughtfully. Children learn how to learn by doing (experimental learning). Students are encouraged to explore materials, integrate new concepts, analyze data and think critically. Academic skills are essential to learning and knowing, not the aim of learning and knowing.

How do Montessori graduates do?

Because Montessori fosters the ability to pursue ones interests in great depth, and to have strong commitment to one's environment and community many students are publicly known for their accomplishments and contributions. Many others are leading successful, fulfilled and happy lives as responsible citizens contributing to their communities on seven continents around the world.

Some Montessori students who are publically recognized include: 

  • Joshua Bell, American violinist
  • Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
  • Dr. Terry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and published author on child psychology
  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google
  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
  • Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, rapper and CEO of Bad Boy Records
  • Julia Child, first world-famous television chef
  • Anne Frank, renowned World War II diarist
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
  • Katherine Graham, owner-editor of The Washington Post
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, sons of Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former editor, former first lady
  • Lea Salonga, multi-awarded singer and Broadway actress
  • Will Wright, designer of The Sims video games

Other connections with Montessori:

  • Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori, helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
  • Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
  • Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school
  • Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
  • Mahatma Ghandi, political and spiritual leader of India for human rights and non-violence
  • Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school
  • Mister Rogers, children's TV personality, strong supporter of Montessori education
  • President Wilson's daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson's presidency.
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