It Works

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In 2006, Angeline Stoll Lillard, author of the award-winning book Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (Oxford University Press), published a study in the journal Science that found evidence to back up Dr. Maria Montessori’s methods. In a study of Milwaukee’s public school system, Lillard found that Montessori students performed better on standardized math and reading tests. By the end of elementary school, Montessori students wrote more complex, creative essays, made better choices when solving social problems and reported a higher sense of community at their school. This study is not unique. Other studies have shown that a Montessori education leads to increased motivation and interest in school work, as well as more positive social relationships in middle school.