"Far too many schools today are ... guilty of not allowing our children to think for themselves."
"Rewards and punishments are ... the worst enemies of the natural development of the child. The jockey gives sugar to his horse before the race, but applies spurs and the whip when there is lagging. Still, do any of these methods induce the animal to run as swiftly and as superbly as the horse of the plains?" Maria Montessori, 1915
“If we wish to achieve peace and mutual understanding, we must start at the moment of birth…” Maria Montessori
Sometimes the good intentions of wealthy parents, like expensive toys and on-demand nannies, only handicap the very children they’re trying to make happy.
“When a grownup thinks of work, he thinks of doing something as a means to an end — spending his days in an office for the sake of a salary — but a child’s work is based on doing things for their own sake.” Maria Montessori
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” Maria Montessori