A Small Tribute to Maria Montessori

While studying about Dr. Maria Montessori’s life, I turned curious about her marriage with The usa. Her original interactions with the presidential elite advised that she was poised to provide the blueprint for the American education and learning technique. Then, it fizzled out. So, what transpired? As an African American and as a girl, my suspicion was that a person wanted to choose credit for her work and/or exploit her get the job done in some way and she was not heading for it.

A (small) research…

My analysis (minimal to the world-wide-web and took considerably less than 1 hour) turned up extremely minor but I was equipped to discover references to her and two males: Dewey and Kilpatrick. These two white adult men ended up the major authorities on education and learning in the US for the duration of her time and their exercise was various from hers. In addition to the war at hand, I suspected that the “full stop” on Montessori had a thing to do with them. I was ready to obtain one particular report: Maria Montessori, John Dewey, and William H. Kilpatrick (https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?post=1284&context=eandc) that rather a lot confirmed my suspensions. Fortunately, Montessori experienced a house base in Italy and a global (mainly European) next group that allowed her to stroll absent from the “American Situation” (my phrase) with out any real cost to her or the Montessori System. A hundred many years later, the American (community) schooling system is broken and the Montessori Technique is thriving.

Her Influence on America’s Instruction Program:

Despite the fact that Montessori walked absent, her perception remained. True to American greed, the educational “powers that be” (Kirkpatrick, Dewey, and their crew) had been equipped to integrate a lot of of Montessori’s approaches into our present day-day teaching approaches with no supplying her credit rating. She also motivated the minds of good thinkers like Piaget and Anne Freud (Freud’s daughter).  Her immediate influence on our current training method includes:

  • recognizing early childhood (preschool age) as a special time of growth
  • the creation and use of youngster-size furnishings and artifacts
  • the idea of open up classrooms and pupil perform option
  • the strategy of students staying actively concerned in their mastering
  • attention-grabbing and partaking student work resources
  • faculties as an ideal and suitable position for the improvement of a child’s prospective.

These are just a couple of. Her perform is a basis for our Head Start off applications, which several feel to view as a basic correct of all young children. That is how important her work is, yet quite a few have no idea who she is. Even as I write this, I know of two community universities that are seeking to replicate what they imagine are the most effective features of the Montessori tactic (multiage lecture rooms and a potent direct trainer with an assistant). Nonetheless, they refuse to correctly study the Montessori System. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Just as regrettably, I have not learned of any quasi-plans that have yielded the outcomes of an reliable Montessori classroom. 1 motive is for the reason that the Montessori tactic is dependent on scientific observations of the child. It is not based on accomplishing a specific close. This appears to be the opposite tactic of our community university system.

I am reminded, all over again, of the reward that God presented humanity through…dare I say it…His prophet Maria Montessori. For a prophet is a single that speaks to the people today for God and it seems that God made use of Maria Montessori to assistance guy extra clearly see the honor of being human. In reaction, I have recommitted myself to reread and re-take a look at her function, her lessons, my albums, and my observe to improved recognize her intentions and vision. Ideally, this will enable me acquire a a lot more legitimate apply and improved provide the kids I am honored to guidebook.

You can study extra about the Montessori tactic to schooling and trainer schooling options at the subsequent sites:

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) – https://montessori-ami.org/

American Montessori Culture (AMS)  –   https://amshq.org/


Yolanda Wheelington

Yolanda Wheelington

Phoenix, Arizona

Yolanda has taught for the earlier 7 several years in the Phoenix Elementary School District. Her passion for acquiring and supporting the human prospective is evident in the cross-curricular get the job done done her classroom. She is a member of the Association Montessori Worldwide and is a RODEL Scholar. Yolanda earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), a Master’s in Social Operate and a Master’s in Training (Particular Education) from Arizona Point out College, and a diploma in Lessen Elementary Education and learning for ages 6-12 from the Montessori Institute of North Texas.

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