Maria Montessori Day 2018

In honour of Dr. Maria Montessori’s birthday I am posting my top ten favourite quotes of hers:

“Education is the best weapon for peace.” – Education and Peace, 1949

“Prizes and punishments are…the bench of the soul, the instrument of slavery for the spirit…he who accomplishes a truly human work, he who does something really great and victorious, is never spurred by his task by those trifling attractions called by the name of ‘prizes,’ nor by the fear of those petty ills which we call ‘punishments’.” – The Montessori Method, 1909

“The child is truly a miraculous being, and this should be felt deeply by the educator.”

“Give the child a vision of the whole universe…for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” – To Educate the Human Potential, 1948

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

“We call an individual disciplined when he is master of himself and can, therefore, regulate his own conduct when it shall be necessary to follow some rule of life.” – The Montessori Method

“He must grow while I diminish.”

“Man, disciplined through liberty begins to desire the true and only prize which will never belittle or disappoint him – the birth of human power and liberty within that inner life of his from which his activities must spring.” – The Secret of Childhood, 1936

“To stimulate life – leaving it then free to develop, to unfold – herein lies the first task of the educator.” – The Montessori Method

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor, always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”




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