See what famous personalities and successful Montessorians have to say about the benefit of a Montessori education. Also get a glimpse into what a few achievers in diverse fields express:
Influential personalities who benefited from Montessori education
Montessori has influenced many famous people who have grown to see the world in a new way and to follow their own leading. Nobel Laureate in Literature and former Montessori student Gabriel Garcia Marquez eloquently describes Montessori’s influence: “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”
Will Wright, Computer Game Designer and Original Designer of The Sims said: “Montessori taught me the joy of discovery. I became interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design”.
When Barbara Walters, who interviewed Google founders Page and Brin in 2004, asked if having parents who were college professors was a major factor behind their success, they instead credited their early Montessori education. “We both went to Montessori school,” Mr. Page said, “and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently.”
Meanwhile, according to Jeff Bezos’s mother, “young Jeff would get so engrossed in his activities as a Montessori preschooler that his teachers would literally have to pick him up out of his chair to go to the next task”.
“I’ve always felt that there’s a certain kind of important pioneering that goes on from an inventor like Thomas Edison,” Mr. Bezos has said, and that “discovery mentality is precisely the environment that Montessori seeks to create”.
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that Montessori alumni lead two of the world’s most innovative companies.
By the end of kindergarten, among 5-year-olds, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children,” according to the researchers. “They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.”
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were famous life-long tinkerers, who discovered new ways of doing things by constantly improvising, experimenting, failing, and retesting. Above all they were voraciously inquisitive learners.
Other famous Montessori proponents include:
Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Ann Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English royal family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Yo Yo Ma, Peter Drucker, George Clooney, Mark Zuckerberg , Anne Frank, Bill Gates, Katherine Graham, Sean Combs, Sean ‘P.Diddy’, Helen Hunt, Joshua Bell, Lea Salonga, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Berry Brazelton, Kami Cotler, Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, Stephen J. Cannell, Patty Duke Austin, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Cher Bono, John Bradshaw, Yul Brynner, Marcy Carcy, Michael Douglas, Shari Lewis, Willie Nelson, Elizabeth Berridge, David Blaine, Jennifer Granholm, Daniel Mulhern, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Fred Rogers, Bruno Bettelheim
7 wildly successful Tech Innovators with Montessori education
Throughout history, tech innovators have had lots of common traits.
They’re bright, outside-the-box thinkers, creative, and open-minded about the future.
But here’s something you may not know about the tech founders listed below: they all went to Montessori school.
Here are the tech innovators who attended Montessori school:
Larry Page, CEO, Google –“I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world and doing things a little bit differently,” Page has said of his Montessori education in The Christian Science Monitor.
Sergey Brin, Co-founder, Google – Montessori education allowed me to learn to think for myself and gave me the freedom to pursue my own interests.
Thomas Edison- “I like the Montessori method,” Edison has been quoted saying, according to historians at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park. “It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being. The present system casts the brain into a mold. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning.”
Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon-The Wall Street Journal reports that according to Jeff Bezos’s mother, “young Jeff would get so engrossed in his activities as a Montessori preschooler that his teachers would literally have to pick him up out of his chair to go to the next task.”
Will Wright, Creator of “The Sims” videogame –In a TED Talk, Maria Montessori’s methods inspired Will to invent an entirely new video game genre—non-violent, open-ended games in which players use sophisticated computer simulation tools.
Henry Ford, Manufactured the first car
Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia –Wales has described his childhood private school as a “Montessori influenced philosophy of education,” where he “spent lots of hours poring over the Britannicas and World Book Encyclopedias” according to his Wikipedia page (which we hope Wales created himself, all considering.)