Many successful and well-known people from different industries had Montessori education during their formative years. The environment encourages creative thinking and collaboration (three-year cycle), among others. Here are just a few famous people talking about their views on Montessori.
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple. As Wozniak talks about education, he mentions that Montessori schools do a better job in promoting independent thinking.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Co-Founders of Google. Both men agree that going to Montessori school enabled them to think outside the box.
Stephen Curry and family, Stephen is the Point Guard for the Golden State Warrriors of the National Basketball Association. Stephen, his father, and his siblings recount what they like most about Montessori. Their mom, Sonya Curry, is the head of her own Montessori school in North Carolina.
One of our 5th Grade students noted that in the examples given above, there are no women! Even though we cannot find videos of them talking about education, there are also influential women who were graduates of Montessori:
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former First Lady. Known for championing the arts and history while in the White House, she is also one of the most influential style icons in the fashion world.
Julia Child, Chef, Author and TV personality. She is credited for introducing and bringing French cuisine into American homes.
Katharine Graham, Publisher and Former Owner and CEO of The Washington Post. She was at the helm during the newspaper’s investigative report on the “Watergate Scandal”.
Years from now, famous or not, our children will be just like these admirable personalities in their own way.