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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Maria Montessori and education

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian educator best known for for her contributions to pedagogy and Montessori education. The rest of this post is 4 quotes from Montessori.


1. "The aim of education should not be to teach how to use human energies to improve the environment, for we are finally beginning to realize that the cornerstone of education is the development of the human personality, and that in this regard education is of immediate importance for the salvation of mankind." (


2. "The adult works to improve his environment while the child works to improve himself." (


3. "A child is a discoverer. He is an amorphous, splendid being in search of his own proper form." (


4. "It is easy to substitute our will for that of the child by means of suggestion or coercion; but when we have done this we have robbed him of his greatest right, the right to construct his own personality." (