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Maria Montessori
(1870-1952) born on
Aug 31
Italian educator, reformer. She originated the Montessori method of education stressing development of initiative and freedom of the child.
         
   
F
If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.

R
The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity, as
A
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
N
Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
K
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).
R: The Montessori Method, ch. 5 (1912).
A: The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).
N: "The Montessori Method," ch. 5, 1912.
K: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
   


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