Thomas Edison on Montessori education

Inventor of the popular lightbulb, Thomas Edison had strong views about education: “The present system does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than on observation. The result of accepting unrelated facts is the fostering of conservatism [in thinking]. It breeds fear, and from fear comes ignorance.”

In contrast, he noted that Montessori “makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being.”

-Thomas Edison, 1913