Montessori education was so groundbreaking because it was the first scientific education method, according to the author.
CEO cites Montessori education as one of the influences that shaped his world view and made him a change agent.
Successful technology innovators and entrepreneurs trace their roots back to Montessori education early in life.
When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success.
Many famous Montessori grads attribute Montessori education to their ability to "think outside the box."
The world is a really interesting place, and one that should be explored. Can there be any better foundation for an innovator in training?
The approach is over 100 years old but the ideas are timeless. The world is finally catching up with Maria Montessori’s insights.
Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia.
Montessori education provides better outcomes than traditional methods, according to study published in the journal Science.
“You can’t understand Google unless you know that both Larry and Sergey were Montessori kids...This is baked into how Larry and Sergey approach problems. They’re always asking, why should it be like that? It’s the way their brains were programmed early on.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!
[Kids] 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 having a teacher explain stuff to you. And when kids discover these things on their own, what they learn sticks with them so much more.
Famous Montessori Alumni
Joshua Bell, violinist
Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician
Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google
Julia Child, chef and author
George Clooney, actor
Peter Drucker, management guru
Anne Frank, WWII diarist
Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post
Anne Hathaway, Academy award-winning actress
Helen Hunt, Academy award-winning actress, film director, and screen writer
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor
Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
More Montessori students:
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, George Clooney, Helen Keller, HM Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales
Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; Yo Yo Ma
Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters
Did you know?
Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.
Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.
Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.