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Victory and Peace

Victory and Peace Preventing conflicts is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education. We must convince the world of the need for a universal, collective effort to build the foundation for peace. Love is not the cause but the effect of the normal development of the individual. – Dr. Maria Montessori […]

Be careful what you test for!

[this test was] considered quite independently of the influence of culture and education; and it was appreciated as the expression of an intimate, personal activity of the intelligence itself. But if one of [my students] had been subjected to the test, he would, in virtue of a long sensory training, have chosen the largest and […]

Parenting Without Fear

The unhappiness of man is the most fearful feature of the reality of our times. He no longer feels any genuine joy. He is terrified… The real danger threatening humanity is the emptiness in men’s souls; all the rest is merely a consequence of this emptiness. Dr. Maria Montessori Education and Peace, page 46   […]

Reflections on Newtown

No social problem is as universal as the oppression of the child. Historically, the oppressed – slaves, the servant class and finally the workers – were minority groups who sought their redemption through social change, often in open battle between the oppressed and their oppressors… But the social problem of the child is not one […]

Time enough for childhood

Little children perform slowly and deliberately many complicated actions which they love—dressing and undressing themselves, setting the table, eating, etc. In doing all these things they show extreme patience, and they carry on to a conclusion their laborious tasks, overcoming every difficulty which arises from an organism being still in the process of development… Always […]