Help me to do it by myself.
Peer teaching, cooperation in a non-competitive atmosphere
Nurturing and care of our environment: People, animals, plants, materials and the Earth
"Not in the service of any political or social creed should the teacher work,
but in the service of the complete human being,
able to exercise in freedom a self-disciplined will and judgement,
unperverted by prejudice and undistorted by fear."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Thank goodness her followers held on. The roots flourished, Montessori schools kept Dr. Montessori's philosophies and principles intact, and now we are seeing a resurgence of interest in this model that meets or exceeds standards that traditional educators have been grappling with since the inception of factory education. We were careful to steer away from criticizing public schools for decades. Instead we persisted in establishing Children's Houses, where children blossomed according to their natural inner drives to learn, to practice and repeat, and to master. We were quietly effective. Things have shifted, and the traditional system of education is said to be "broken." I do not believe that it is "broken," but that it was never an appropriate method to truly lead human beings to think critically. We have the optimum method right under our noses. As Petter-Lipstein stated, "Superwoman was already here. And she gave us a superb educational model to end "The Race to Nowhere'..."(p.488). Let's clean house, shake out some rugs, give our children and our schools some fresh air. Montessorians: It's time to make some noise.