Montessori and Real World Preparation
Creativity is critical in the modern workplace and the list of former Montessori students is long. One of the clearest examples of the importance of Montessori education is seen in Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google. They each specifically credit the Montessori approach in their own creativity and success (see their videos here or here). Other tech gurus such as the founder of Amazon (Jeff Bezos) and the founder of Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales) were also Montessori trained. Video game developer Will Wright too was a Montessori student. The videogame innovator says Montessori “taught me the joy of discovery” that prepared him for creating The Sims, Sim City, Spore, and Super Mario Brothers. “SimCity comes right out of Montessori… if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.” If that isn’t enough, watch this video from Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) stating that Montessori schools do a better job than many other schools in teaching independent thinking.
If writing and the arts are more your child’s style, well, Montessori prepares students well for that too. Anne Frank’s famous diary was a natural extension of her school experience as she learned observation skills and to record her thoughts in a journal early on. Nobel prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez said his Montessori education gave him “the desire to kiss literature” and states, “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.” The multi-talented hip hop artist Sean “P Diddy” Combs says he feels fortunate to have attended Mount Vernon Montessori School during his childhood, recalling that, “I feel like I was nurtured into wanting to be somebody special.” Katharine Graham, Pulitzer prize-winning author and former owner/editor of the Washington Post is also a former student. Crisis forced Katherine Graham to assume control of the Washington Post. Her confidence faltered but—remembering that what matters is how people learn, not what they know—Graham said, “The Montessori method, learning by doing, once again became my stock in trade.” Her reign at the highly-regarded paper lasted more than two decades. Chef Julia Child was also a Montessori student.