The Faces of Montessori

The last week of February is observed world-wide as “Montessori Education Week”, and at Sonnet, we enjoyed our annual celebrations. Follow our blog for a peek into our celebrations next week! 

There are more than 15,000 documented Montessori schools around the world, with the method being used in more than 60,000 schools! In the United States, there are an estimated 5,000 Montessori schools, 10% of which are public schools.

In honor of Montessori Education Week, we are spotlighting some of the faces of Montessori.

The method won the admiration of Mahatma Gandhi, who said that children learning through the Montessori method “felt no burden of learning as they learnt everything as they play.”

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The Nobel-prize-willing poet Rabindranath Tagore, believed the method one which freed the child’s creative self-expression, even setting up a network of Montessori schools to accomplish just that.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Montessori graduate himself, has launched twenty-three free preschools across the nation, using a Montessori-inspired curriculum.  Katie Ford, communications chief of Bezos Academy, says that Bezos credits “the Montessori preschool that he attended as being a big break in his life . . . So, when he was thinking about how to give back, it wasn’t just early childhood education, it was this Montessori experience.”

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder says he benefited from Montessori education, “which in some ways give students a lot more freedom to do things at their pace, to discover.”

Cofounder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales credits the influence of the Montessori method on his school’s philosophy of education with making him a keen reader with an acute curiosity at a young age.

Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, says, “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”

Dakota Fanning, actress, credits the Montessori method with her ability to read at the age of two

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Larry Page, co-founder of Google says of his Montessori education, “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 bit differently.”

Julia Child, chef and TV personality says, “Montessori taught me to love working with my hands.”

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Will Wright, award-winning video game designer—of SimCity fame—says that Montessori “taught me the joy of discovery. It showed you can be interested in pretty complex theory, say by, playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your own terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you.” 

Thomas Edison, American inventor, embraced the Montessori method, saying “it makes learning a pleasure.” 

Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “All the Light We Cannot See” says, “Of all the skills nine years of Montessori education gave me—the most lasting has been a sense of my place in deep geologic time . . . Montessori was one of the strongest influences in my life nudging me toward this kind of curiosity.” 

Yo Yo Ma, Grammy-award winning cellist and Montessori graduate, says that “Structure is an absolutely important part of the creative life and [my daughter] Emily got this from her Montessori experience.” 

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NBA champion and MVP Steph Curry says, “Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age. I used to love it when I’d come to school because there was something new I was going to learn every single day.”

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