There are so many wonderfully talented human beings who contribute so much to our world who also happen to be former Montessori students! We’ll feature them here, on our blog, on a weekly basis, to highlight just how amazing and empowering this form of education can be. Today: Google founders Sergey Brin & Larry Page.
Famous for their “Don’t be evil” philosophy, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page came up with the famous start-up in 1998 in a friend’s garage in Menlo Park, California. They credit their success to their early start in Montessori. “We both went to Montessori, and I think as part of that training of being self-motivated and questioning things going on in the world makes it a little different,” said Larry Page in a 2010 interview with Barbara Walters.
“You can’t understand Google,” says Wired, “unless you know [its founders] were Montessori kids… In a Montessori school, you paint because you have something to express or you just want to… not because the teacher said so. This is baked into Larry and Sergey… it’s how their brains were programmed early on.”
“The Montessori Mafia,” by Peter Sims (The Wall Street Journal, 2011)