What happens when my child goes into the real world?
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Musicians Beyonce Knowles, Yo Yo Ma, Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Taylor Swift
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
Actors George Clooney, Helen Hunt, John and Joan Cusack, and Dakota Fanning
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
These notable individuals all had one thing in common:
A Montessori education.
Is there something going on here? Is there something about the Montessori approach that nurtures creativity and inventiveness that we can all learn from? When Barbara Walters, who interviewed Google founders Messrs. 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.”
Montessori students retain a passion for learning; an ability to consider different points of view; and the knowledge and confidence to make an informed decision. They learn the skills to be thoughtful and responsible, to be good listeners, and to approach conflict with sensitivity and peace.
Some outside the Montessori community view the approach as unstructured, touchy-feely or impractical. Yet Montessori students grow up to be empowered, resourceful innovators who go on to do great things for business, the arts, and the world.