By David Robson and Alessia Franco – 1st February 2023
Tech geniuses, nation builders and famous artists have praised the benefits of a Montessori education – but does it hold up to scientific scrutiny? David Robson and Alessia Franco investigate.
…In the US, the schools’ influence in the art and tech world has long been noted. But the reach of the educational method goes far beyond that. Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi was a fan, and described how children taught with it “felt no burden of learning as they learnt everything as they played”. Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel-Prize-winning poet, set up a network of Montessori schools to free children’s creative self-expression.
But does the method actually work?…