This is a very important question. Many educational programs and philosophies have purported to help children but after extensive research this have been proven not to be the case.
Montessori education has been at the forefront of these studies and has been studied extensively over the past few years.All the research states that on the average, children in a true Montessori environment do as well as or better on standardized tests than children in a more traditional environment. On things that aren’t tested, like science, history, social interactions, they almost always score better.
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Barbara Walters. ABC-TV Special “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004“, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success.