Anthony Doerr wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All the Light We Cannot See.” He was a student at a Montessori school outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The great book is adapted now as a popular serie streaming on Netflix in several languages.
In an interview, the author mentions:
"Of all the skills nine years of Montessori education gave me—critical thinking skills, social skills, kickball skills—the most lasting has been a sense of my place in deep geologic time... You’re six or seven years old and you’re being asked to measure the brief, warm, intensely complicated fingersnap of your life against the absolutely incomprehensible vastness of time. The sense of luck that made me feel—to be here at all!—has never left me. It permeates my writing, my attitudes toward natural resources, and my relationship with my sons... We all share this one big clump of iron and magnesium and nickel whirling around the sun and it is the one thing we will bequeath to our children. So why not be as deeply curious about it as we can? Why not try to understand what is happening to it in the pitifully brief time we’re here? Looking back, I believe Montessori was one of the strongest influences in my life nudging me toward this kind of curiosity."