Maria Montessori stands in many ways as the mother of alternative education. The Italian physician and teacher invented a new kind of school, one with self-directed learning, classrooms with mixed age groups, and no grades. Now, on what would have been her 142 birthday, thousands of schools bear her name. These Montessori schools have some very famous alumni, many of which credit the free-flowing classes with teaching them to think differently and allowing them to change the world. Here are 10 of the most prominent.
Carlos Slim, Mexican telecoms tycoon and the world's richest man, says people should work three days a week, but not retire until they are in their seventies. Others, including Google co-founder Larry Page, share Carlos Slim's vision of shorter work weeks, but is it a serious option for companies and workers?
In a fireside chat last week, Google co-founder Larry Page discussed his views on the economy and the possibilities for how labor might shift in the future.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes a look at new dinosaur fossils in Argentina, how robots are taking American jobs, a professor's search for oral history, how one beautician's movie magic redefined modern beauty, and the futuristic dreams of some heavy-hitting entrepreneurs.
Now in its longest recession since World War II, Europe is the world economy's weakest link. But as it achieves financial stability, it must now focus on structural overhaul to spur innovation and worker retraining.