Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Founders of
Google.com, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and many others, credit their
Montessori Education For Much Of Their Success.
It is quite an interesting collection of
people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent
their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of
education in one way or another. The short list includes: Alice Waters,
Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen
Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma
Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Burtrand
Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Ann Frank, the Dalai
Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English
royal family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo
Tonight on the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special "The 10 Most Fascinating
People Of 2004" Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular
Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori
students as a major factor in behind their success. Having been friends
since childhood. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their
parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they
said no, that it was their going to Montessori school where they learned
to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori allowed
them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue
their own interests.
This endorsement comes in the same week as actress Susan St. James
thanked the Montessori school that her son attended for its generosity
and support to their family over the years.
The following notes about Larry Page and Sergey Brin were downloaded
"Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not your typical billionaires. In fact,
if you type billionaire into Google, the picture that emerges — fancy
cars, private jets, mansions, jewels, supermodel girlfriends — isn't
anything you'd find in the lifestyle of the Google guys. Page drives a
Prius, which costs around $21,000. Brin gets around for the most part on
in-line skates, and he still lives in a rented apartment. Since taking
Google public earlier this year, each is worth an estimated $6 billion.
Even the way they took their company public was innovative. They let
ordinary people bid on shares in their initial public offering, not just
the big banks, because they thought it was fairer. In fact, they see
their work as more of a vocation than as a means of getting rich. "We
feel like we're making a difference in the world — giving people
information that they want really quickly and effectively," Page said."