SXSWedu 2014

Montessori Promotes Disruptive Innovation

“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…not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs.” (Peter Simms, WSJ)

As traditional education, coupled with new testing standards, fails across the country, educators are questioning the purpose and delivery method of education. In an attempt to produce better outcomes, local governments, administrators and teachers have developed new learning styles in classrooms. The results? “Flipped” classrooms, peer instruction, hands on learning, soft skills and using choice to motivate. But why are we reinventing the wheel?

The outcomes that these methods are trying to produce – critical thinking, problem solvers, entrepreneurism and creative innovation – are already available with the Montessori method of teaching.

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  1. What is Montessori, why is it a disruptive innovation and how does it build better brains equipped to learn systems thinking?
  2. What should school be for?
  3. How will education answer the needs of a globalized technological world now and into the future?



Megan Simpson, Communications & Events Manager, Aidan Montessori School

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
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