Montessori education was first started by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907, according to the Montessori website. Dr. Montessori discovered through her work with children that young students tend to learn best when they are allowed to teach themselves. Based on that observation, Dr. Montessori designed what she called a “prepared environment” that gave children the chance to choose from many different developmentally appropriate activities. These activities gave children the opportunity to learn at their own pace, using real-life experiences that utilized all five of the human senses.
In addition, the numbers thus far have been positive. According to an Association Montessori International (AMI) study, which followed 201 Milwaukee public school students who were taught under the Montessori method from preschool through 5th grade, children taught under Montessori principles "predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school."
A report at Education.com, written by Tim Seldin of The Montessori Foundation, states that Montessori education “prepares students for life, not just for admission to college.” However, the lack of homework and structure makes many in the field of education wonder if this really is the best approach to training our children up to be educated, responsible, and competent adults.