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7 Tech Innovators have attended the Montessori school

 

7 Tech Innovators have attended the Montessori school

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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."

 

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison 

 

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."

 

Jeff Bezos CEO Amazon
 

Jeff Bezos CEO Amazon

 

 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

 


 

Will Wright

 

 

Henry Ford, Manufactured the first car

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

 

 

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.)

 

 

 

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