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Jimmy “Wikipedia” Wales: Take Me Off the List, But Put Me Down For Montessori

I happened to be browsing the Talk page of the Wikipedia article on Montessori Education (in which I have a small, godparent-like interest), when I stumbled on a comment from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales himself!   It’s Wikipedia, so I think I can quote the whole thing for free:

I have been trying to correct this myth for years, and I’m disappointed to see it repeated in Wikipedia of all places. I should not be in this list! At least we do have the disclaimer that it was a “Montessori inspired environment” but really, no Montessori educator would agree that it was in any way a Montessori school. It would be more accurate to say that it was a one-room schoolhouse after the fashion of Abraham Lincoln.

The sourcing is to the Wall Street Journal (a good source, but wrong in this instance) and a children’s book. The Wall Street Journal only mentions me in a long list, presumably found on the Internet after this myth had started.

I don’t think there’s anything negative about it – I really like Montessori and all my children have (or will, in the case of the baby) gone to Montessori preschools. I just don’t like the historical record to be wrong.–Jimbo Wales (talk) 08:51, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

So there you go, Jimmy—happy to set the record straight.  Montessori actually has a lot to offer beyond preschool, and I’m sure there are some great programs in London.  The Maria Montessori Institute would be happy to help you out I’m sure.