When we first started Montessorium, our mission was really pretty simple. We wanted to introduce a new generation of families to the Montessori approach to education. You might have heard this statement from us before. It's precisely how we got started.
In a way, the iPhone and the iPad provided the perfect opportunity for us to reach a population that had previously seemed out of reach: namely, the entire planet. We mean that modestly, of course, as we're just happy to be a part of the conversation.
With the widespread dissemination of these new devices, and the apps that accompanied them, we witnessed the birth of a new type of education: finally, we could place learning into our own hands. In the history of the universe, it could be argued, we've never seen such potential for change and growth, in terms of the scalability for learning. There's a new continuum of education.
In our estimations, there are many misconceptions of Montessori: that it's for the "elite, or the disabled, or the religious". Of course, Montessori encompasses all of these categories, but it is by no means limited to them. Perhaps the best way to think of Montessori, is that it's an approach to education that starts with the children, instead of the teacher. One of our intentions, then, was to attempt to dispel some of these myths, by presenting the famous, staple Montessori activities, in a way that everyone could enjoy.
Well, after three years, that mission remains the same, but with a slight twist. For us, it's not just about Montessori. It never has been. Instead, it's about what Montessori represents. It's about seeing the world differently. It's about taking children, and what they have to offer, seriously.
While Montessori was invented over one hundred years ago, and has always focused on individual, personalized education, we think you could make the case that no other educational system was as prepared to face the challenges of the twenty-first century, than Montessori. With that in mind, we're interested in further exploring what it means to learn, in this new, digital landscape.