"The results showed that the Montessori students reported a significantly better quality experience in academic work than traditional students. There were strong differences suggesting that Montessori students were feeling more active, strong, excited, happy, relaxed, sociable, and proud while engaged in academic work… They wanted to be doing academic work more than the traditional students.”
"Among the 5-year-olds, Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children. They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.
"Montessori children also displayed better abilities on the social and behavioral tests, demonstrating a greater sense of justice and fairness. And on the playground, they were much more likely to engage in emotionally positive play with peers, and less likely to engage in rough play."
“If we decided that the purpose of education should be to help every child’s brain reach its highest developmental potential, we would have to radically rethink school. The task seems insurmountable, yet this work has already been done. In fact, it was done over a hundred years ago.
"When examined through the lens of environmental enrichment and brain development, Montessori education presents a radically different – and radically effective – educational approach that may be the best method we’ve got to ensure the optimal cognitive, social, and emotional development of every child.”
“…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, and videogame pioneer Will Wright, not to mention Julia Child ...”
"The Montessori Mafia showed up in an extensive, six-year study about the way creative business executives think.
"Surveyed over 3,000 executives and interviewed 500 people who had either started innovative companies or invented new products."
"A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity."