Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

That statement is from Alan Kay. So is this one:

"For me, the key is education. And in my mind the patron saint of how to teach kids is Maria Montessori. A hundred years ago, Montessori understood that children always are trying to learn about their environment, and so the best way to help them was to give them carefully organized, rich environments, where the toys and the play have 20th-century side effects. In my opinion, this is one of the great ideas in the history of education. Even today, most of the best cognitive science about education harks back to Montessori's original insights."

To read the whole article about Alan Kay's work at Xerox PARC and the Dynabook, go here.


  1. Thanks for this link John. This article reinforces the reasons to send your child to a legitimate Montessori school. If the general public were to understand education the way Alan Kay does we would have a public educational revolution.

  2. Tom,
    You might be interested to connect with Daniel Petter-Lipstein, another Montessori dad, who has a similar perspective. You can link to him through this: http://educationbydesign.blogspot.com/2011/09/quick-draw.html