This just in from the Montessori Census:
831 schools are now listed, serving over 100,000 students. Just over half are public schools, which means that about 400 private schools have signed on to the project. That’s great, but that means there’s still more than 3,000 schools out there if what we’ve been saying is correct.
It’s critical that we get every single school we can represented here. 100,000 is a number that makes people pay attention. That’s how many people attended the Super Bowl last year. It’s a town the size of Boulder, Colorado. It’s more Facebook fans than the French Winter Olympics team.
But what if everyone got on board? That could be 400,000 children. Now we’re talking Minneapolis, Cleveland, or Miami. Attendance at Woodstock in 1969. More fans than Ikea.
Something that touches the lives of 400,000 children is a big deal. For a more serious reference, that’s how many children are in foster care in the U.S. If people knew—if we knew—that Montessori was about 400,000 children, do you think maybe we could get a little traction?
So get your school, your child’s school, your friends’ children’s schools, to sign up today. Sign them up yourself! They can always fill in the information later. Talk to your state organization, your national organization (AMI-USA, AMS), your professional organizations. Click on the link (http://www.montessoricensus.org). Let’s take this to the next level.