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The story behind the Montessori method is detailed in the Houston Chronicle by Roberta Ness, author of Genius Unmasked.

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"…Montessori Education is designed around a number of fundamental "flow" triggers: self-direction, uninterrupted work/concentration, following their passion, multi-sensory streams feeding deep embodiment through learning by doing (using your brains and hands at the same time)… all explains why Montessori kids outperform all others on pretty much any test…" says NY Times bestselling author Stephen Kotler.

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Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom: a new study looked at whether decorated classrooms encourage, or actually distract from, learning.

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What's Lost as Handwriting Fades: new evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

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Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.

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Post Oak faculty joins Educateurs Sans Frontières in promoting Montessori values worldwide.

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The Peter Hesse Foundation opens the Centre Montessori d’Haiti to help improve the quality of early childhood education in one of the world’s poorest countries.

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Amazon founder and Montessori alumni Jeffrey P. Bezos to personally purchase The Washington Post

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"Like children, professionals need to be able to guide their own learning and development based on their innate and instinctual needs..."

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"Building Better Brains: the Neurological Case for Montessori Education" by Steve Hughes

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Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate

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"Maria Montessori Stands At The Head Of The Class" by Nancy Gondo of Investor's Business Daily

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Paul Tough of The New York Times asks "What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?"

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“If Montessori was a stock, you would buy it…”

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The Montessori MadMen are a ragtag group of Montessori dads from around the country and a variety of backgrounds, united by a common zeal to bring the Montessori method to millions more American children.

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Research shows mobile technology is really changing children's brains. An expert explains how we use that for good.

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The Wall Street Journal's Jonah Lehrer writes about executive functions. "In an age of information overload, simply paying attention is the hardest thing."

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Business writer Steve Denning shares "The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education."

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"My three children attend a Montessori school." So begins the five minute animated video by Trevor Eisler, a study in contrasts between Montessori classrooms and conventional education.

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"Superwoman was already here," writes Montessori parent Daniel Petter-Lipstein. "And she gave us a superb educational model to end the Race to Nowhere."

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Montessori Mafia: Is this self-directed learning method a surefire way to join the creative elite? Check out this post from The Wall Street Journal.

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Is Montessori the Origin of Google & Amazon?

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"Montessori builds innovators," says Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management. His article appeared in Harvard Business Review.

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Steve Denning writes a "Wake up call for the Gates Foundation: Think Bigger" when it comes to education reform. "Schools practicing this new culture of learning don't have to be invented." They already exist.

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"How to Shape the DNA of a Young Company" article from The New York Times: Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Brightcove (an online video platform for websites) credits his Montessori education as a major influence in his career and management style..

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"Larry Page Wants to Return Google to Its Startup Roots" article from Wired magazine: Montessori education encourages children to pursue their interests. Former Montessori children Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the founders of Google.

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"Montessori has it right," says University of Houston's John Lienhard in two talks about educational reform and the perils of standardized testing.

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Knighted for his work on innovation and the economy,
Sir Ken Robinson talks about how today's schools are "educating people out of their creativity."

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The TED Conference hears from Google's founders about how Montessori helped create their mammoth success.

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SimCity creator Will Wright often credits his Montessori roots for the entrepreneurism and creativity that characterize his work today. Listen in as he talks about school, Darwinian theory, and "imagination amplifiers."

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In The Engines of Our Ingenuity, University of Houston's John Lienhard paints a concise portrait of Maria Montessori.

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In a speech on education reform, John Lienhard takes an intellectual romp: Gothic cathedrals, pointillism, seven blind men and an elephant—all roads that lead him to Montessori.

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How is Montessori different from traditional schools, and why does it matter? Angeline Lillard has written extensively on the subject, and is reviewed by Time, Scientific American, WebMD, The Washington Post, The Times of London, Fox News, and others.

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Tough Choices or Tough Times: an influential policy report looks at why traditional education is failing U.S. graduates.

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Post Oak featured on the local National Public Radio affilate, KUHF

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Montessori students outperform others on both social and academic measures, according to a Science journal report.

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"Don't stop classroom chatter; it's good for learning," reports The Times of London in an article comparing Montessori and traditional classroom practices.

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Time magazine reports on the "big public conversation our nation is not having about education."

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