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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.

Montessori Kindergarten Information Night

Montessori Kindergarten Information Night is scheduled for
January 17 at Garden City Elementary 8311 Garden City Road, Richmond, BC.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to see students demonstrating Montessori materials, and to talk to RAM and school representatives.  Presentations start at 7 p.m. and will cover information about the program, how to apply and about RAM.

Information is available on the Elementary programs information page from Richmond School Board:

Thank you.

Parent/Teacher Night with Paul Epstein

BCMA is proud to announce that Paul Epstein, co-author of “The Montessori Way” will be speaking at our annual conference: “Inner Work” on Friday, October 19th, 2012 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC. Along with

the conference, he will be doing an evening talk, at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm until 9pm for parents and teachers about “Montessori’s Wisdom for Parents in an ever Changing Future.” For more information, please see attachment or go to
Cost:$10 per person.PDF Link: