Imagine an education system that trained students to be creative innovators and leaders without the use of grades, tests or homework. It actually exists and it’s called the Montessori Method.
“…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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