If you’ve ever wondered about the Montessori approach to early childhood education, Jessica Winter’s account – historical, current and often funny – is a good place to begin. She outlines Maria Montessori’s start in Rome’s insane asylums to the commercialization of her methods, to the modern parent’s conundrum where even the cheapest Montessori classroom is beyond financial reach. If it’s any consolation to the cash-strapped parent, Montessori’s methods are now an inescapable part of most preschools and kindergarten classrooms, and if Jeff Bezos has any say, it’ll be a bigger part of public education in the future.
About the Author
Jessica Winter is a Brooklyn-based writer and an editor at The New Yorker. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Slate and Bookforum.