Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are not only rewarded billions of dollars for their ingenious discovery, Google.com, but they have indirectly created the greatest impact on billions of people in the entire world today. As young preschool children in a Montessori school, they learned to gather knowledge about the world. Now with a touch of a button, thanks to these famous thought leaders, their internet creation brings information about this same world right to our desk tops.
According to an interview with Barbara Walters’ ABC-TV Special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004”, they credited their years as Montessori students to be the major factor behind their success. When asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was another factor, they replied, “No, it was going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters.” They said that Montessori allowed them the opportunity to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.” How remarkable such prominently successful businessmen trace their independent thinking all the way back to the formative years of preschool.
As parents, we often think of that time in life to be not as important as the university years, but guess what? Time has proven differently. Mr. Page and Mr. Brin are great examples of creative thinking as they ask themselves…”Why not?” They even went a step further in their innovative thinking when they brought their company public. To be fair to ordinary people, they allowed them to bid on shares in the public offering of their company. They did not limit bidding to the big wealthy banks, but thought of people who in some way were entitled to profiting as well as Wall Street. Did this awareness settle into their thinking by the Montessori Cosmic Education whereby we are all of one universe, honoring and respecting all of mankind, the earth, and everything that is on it? Did their Montessori beginnings allow them to be considerate of their fellow workers just as they were taught when they began Montessori school? Did they recall the contributive, not competitive spirit, that rings out loud and clear in a Montessori classroom?
Yes, it was not all about money, but about making fair and honest decisions as they journeyed to success. Money always seems to follow successful innovations, but making caring choices are only made by remarkable business people. Exemplary business dynamics by Mr. Sergey and Mr. Brin, combined with their unleashed creative attitudes, has made a great formula for their type of success…the success they attribute to Montessori schooling. From preschool to the market place, Montessori has made the headlines. No where else has any educational method been given such honor and recognition as that given to Montessori by the founders of Google.com.