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7 Tech Innovators Who Became Wildly Successful After Going To Montessori School

Original article from Business Insider.

Throughout history, tech innovators have had lots of common traits.

They’re bright, outside-the-box thinkers, creative, and open-minded about the future.

But here’s something you may not know about the tech founders listed below: they all went to Montessori school.

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. It is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

These elements are essential for proper Montessori training:

  • Mixed age classrooms, with classrooms for children aged 2½ or 3 to 6 years old are by far the most common
  • Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, ideally three hours
  • A constructivist or “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
  • Freedom of movement within the classroom

Here are the tech innovators who attended Montessori school:

Larry Page, CEO, Google – “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 and doing things a little bit differently,” Page has said of his Montessori education in The Christian Science Monitor.

Sergey Brin, Co-founder, Google

Thomas Edison – “I like the Montessori method,” Edison has been quoted saying, according to historians at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park. “It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being. The present system casts the brain into a mold. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning.”

Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon – The Wall Street Journal reports that according to Jeff Bezos’s mother, “young Jeff would get so engrossed in his activities as a Montessori preschooler that his teachers would literally have to pick him up out of his chair to go to the next task.”

Will Wright, Creator of “The Sims” videogame – In a TED Talk, Maria Montessori’s methods inspired Will to invent an entirely new video game genre—non-violent, open-ended games in which players use sophisticated computer simulation tools.


Henry Ford, Manufactured the first car

Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia – Wales has described his childhood private school as a “Montessori influenced philosophy of education,” where he “spent lots of hours poring over the Britannicas and World Book Encyclopedias” according to his Wikipedia page (which we hope Wales created himself, all considering.)

Montessori Info Night

Don’t forget!  If you or your friends are considering your school options for next year and are interested in the Montessori Program in Richmond Public schools?  Join us at the Montessori  Kindergarten Parent Information Evening tonight, January 14th,  at James McKinney Elementary.  Students will demonstrate materials from 6:30 – 7, and presentations about Montessori, the program, and the registration process will begin at 7 pm.  We’ll be there to answer your questions about RAM and hope to see you there!

RAM Social/1st meeting

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The Richmond Association of Montessori (RAM) will be hosting this
social for Montessori parents and children to meet and learn about
RAM and Montessori education. Students will demonstrate materials
and light refreshments will be served.
Stay with us and learn about our plans for 2013-2014 at the first RAM
meeting of the year at 7:00 p.m.

RAM Needs Your Feedback!

Did you see the survey that came home with the AGM information?  RAM is looking for your feedback to help us plan activities and events that benefit all Montessori children.

To those that have already returned the survey, thank you.  Although we had hoped to receive the feedback by June 12th, if you have not yet returned the survey, it’s not too late!  Please complete and return the surveys to your school as soon as possible.  The more feedback we get, the better we will be able to plan.

If you need another copy of the survey, it can be accessed here:

RAM Survey


Invitation to the Annual General Meeting

All Montessori parents are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday from 7 – 8 pm at Garden City Elementary School.  Please join us to support our children’s education.

We need you!  We know that there are a number of Executive positions that will be vacant for next year, including a Treasurer, Vice-Chairperson and other positions.  Without a full Executive, RAM can not function.

As parents we are all busy, but we all want the best for our children.  Without your help, our children’s Montessori program will suffer.

Notices have been sent home with all the children.  In case you missed it, you can access the notice, agenda, nomination form and explanation of the positions here:

AGM Notice

Nominations 2013-2014