1. To understand Google’s orientation toward creating global change, it’s helpful to know a bit about four influences that helped shape Larry Page’s world view: his grandfather’s history in the early labor movement, his education in Montessori schools, his admiration for the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, and his participation in the LeaderShape Institute … These helped build in Page the desire and confidence to take on large-scale systemic change. (emphasis added)

    An unconventional education was a second significant influence in Page’s life. Like his Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, Page attended Montessori schools until he entered high school. They both cite the educational method of Maria Montessori as the major influence in how they designed Google’s work systems. (emphasis in the original!)

    The Montessori Method believes that it has a “duty to undertake, in the school of the future, to revolutionize the individual.” Montessori’s ultimate goal of education was to create individuals who could improve society and were unafraid to take on seemingly impossible tasks. In fact, Montessori spoke at length about education for peace. “Everything that concerns education assumes today an importance of a general kind, and must represent a protection and a practical aid to the development of man; that is to say, it must aim at improving the individual in order to improve society”

  2. Thanks to annie-dewi for this one! 


  3. "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
    — Martin Luther King Jr. 


  6. Happy Mandela Day!! 



  8. "What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy."
    — John Dewey 


  10. Doctors prescribing outdoor time. Awesome! 

    Clearly it’s needed

  11. This is Montessori


  12. how i hope my lesson will go



    how my lesson actually go



  13. I’m glad to see things being done to address this deficit of activity. 


  14. "When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing"
    — Maria Montessori (via pinktowermadness)

  15. "Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization."
    — Gandhi