Most forms of education have produced famous graduates, but most of these graduates are in a certain fields. Famous Montessori graduates appear in all fields—the arts, computer engineering, literature, science, politics, etc. This is because Montessori education does exactly what it sets out to do: it allows each child to reach their fullest potential, no matter what that potential is in, rather than forcing the child into a mold.
Internet Entrepreneurs and Software Designers
Sergey Brin and Larry Page – Co-Founders of Google. “You can’t understand Google,” says Wired, “ unless you know [its founders] were Montessori kids . . . in a Montessori school, you paint because you have something to express or you just want to . . . not because the teacher said so. This is baked into Larry and Sergey . . . it’s how their brains were programmed early on.” When Barbara Walters asked Brin and Page if the fact that their parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they said no, that it was their going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.
Jeff Bezos - Founder of Amazon, who proudly cites his Montessori roots.
Will Wright – Video game developer, creator of the Sims, Sim City and Spore
“Montessori taught me the joy of discovery. It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, 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.”
Jimmy Wales - Co-founder of Wikipedia. As a child, Wales was an avid reader with an acute intellectual curiosity. This he credits to the influence of the Montessori Method on the school’s philosophy of education. According to him he “spent lots of hours pouring over the Britannicas and World Book Encyclopedias.”