Fabulous Famous Alumni
Who was Montessori educated? The list includes…
- Chelsea Clinton (Former U.S. First Daughter)
- Katharine Graham (Owner/Editor of the Washington Post)
- Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs (RAP Mega-Star)
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize winner for Literature)
- T. Berry
- Brazelton (Pediatrician and Author)
- Julia Child (Chef, Star of many TV Cooking Shows, and Author)
- Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian Painter and Architect)
The first Montessori Class in Canada was in the home of Alexander Graham Bell, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 1917. Seven Bell grandchildren attended the class. At that time, Bell was the president of the Montessori Educational Association.
Many other famous people were influenced and inspired by Dr. Montessori’s work. Some of these people include the following:
- Jean Piaget’s (famous child psychologist) theory of cognitive development was profoundly influenced by Dr. Montessori’s observations. He was president of the Montessori Society in Switzerland for many years.
- Sigmund Freud once wrote to Dr. Montessori and said, “my daughter…considers herself one of your disciples” and “I would be pleased to sign my name beside yours…brilliance radiates from it.”
- Thomas Edison was also one of Montessori’s most loyal and supportive followers.
- Mahatma Gandhi knew Maria Montessori and visited her classes in Rome in the 1930’s.
- Helen Keller, inspired by Montessori wrote, “I believe that every child has hidden away somewhere in his being, noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way. But we shall never properly develop the higher nature of our little ones while we continue to fill their minds with the so-called basics. Mathematics will never make them loving, nor will accurate knowledge of the size and shape of the world help them to appreciate its beauties. Let us lead them during the first years to find their greatest pleasure in nature. Let them run in the fields, learn about animals, and observe real things. Children will educate themselves under the right conditions.”
The Montessori Method continues to be highly regarded by millions of people throughout the world. Dr. Maria Montessori has had an impact on the field of education in general and the way we understand children today. Many of her ideas are now part of our common knowledge, language and thinking about children. This influence can be seen throughout the fields of childcare, education and child development.