Google Honors Maria Montessori

On Friday, August 31, Google will honor Maria Montessori on her 142nd birthday with a “Google Doodle.” What does this mean? The Google homepage will display the Google logo built from common Montessori classroom materials!

In fact, as of this writing, the Google Doodle can be seen on Google homepages in other countries already! For example, visit Google in India or Australia to see the Doodle RIGHT NOW! This is a tremendous honor and one that will be seen by millions of people worldwide.

As many of you already know, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin both attended a Montessori school as children. During an interview with Barbara Walters in 2004, Page and Brin credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor contributing to their success. They said that their Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves, taught them to be self-directed and self-starters, and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.Google has been known to vary their logo from time to time to honor famous people or events, often referred to as a Google Doodle. Make sure to visit Google on August 31st to see the logo as it will only be displayed for one day.

Happy Birthday, Maria!!