Without tests or grades, one school of thought challenges our views of education, and has the alumni to prove their point.

Far from the cries for accountability amongst teachers, and better performances on standardized tests, a century-old school of thought is setting its own benchmarks for students. And given a few of its successful alumni, we may have good reason to start paying attention.

The Montessori learning method consists of collaborative learning environments intended to foster creativity amongst students. There are no grades or tests; instead, classes include lengthy, self-directed learning periods of discovery to spur spontaneous self-development. With an emphasis encouraging creativity during the early developmental years,  students are between the ages 2 1/2 to 7, and each classroom is an amalgam of all ages.

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