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.

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

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