Whether it is today’s top tech company moguls or yesterday’s famous leaders, the Montessori method has educated some very impressive students. If you know Montessori then it is easy to understand why these students are so successful, but don’t take our word for it, listen to what they have to say about how their Montessori education played an important role in their success.
“You can’t understand Google,” said Marissa Mayer, Google VP in a recent Newsweek interview, “unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids.”
“We both went to Montessori school,” says Google founder Larry Page in an interview with Barbara Walters, “and I think it was part of that training… being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently.”
Will Wright, inventor of bestselling “The Sims” videogame series, heaps similar praise. “Montessori taught me the joy of discovery,” Mr. Wright said, “It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori…”
Helen Keller, inspired by Montessori wrote, “I believe that every child has hidden away somewhere in his being, noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way.” Montessori proves through its graduates to be that right way.
“Structure is an absolutely important part of the creative life, and Emily got this from her Montessori experience.” Yo Yo Ma said about his daughter.
There are many famous supporters of the Montessori method. In fact, the first U.S. Montessori school was established in 1912 at the home of Alexander Graham Bell. Dr. Montessori visited the United States in 1915 as the guest of one of her ardent supporters, Thomas Edison, where she set up an award-winning model classroom at the San Francisco World’s Fair.
There are a lot of famous people who attended Montessori, sent their children to Montessori or supported Montessori in one way or another. Here is a short list: Larry Page (Google), Sergey Brin (Google), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Sean “P Diddy” Combs (musician), Jackie Kennedy, Julia Child, Anne Frank, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Will Wright (Simms game creator), George Clooney (actor), Prince William and Prince Harry, Chelsea Clinton (daughter of former president), Yo Yo Ma (cellist), Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Helen Keller. All of these people are aptly described as critical thinkers, courageous explorers, independent learners and collaborative leaders and that is exactly what our students are becoming everyday at The Montessori School of Raleigh.