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The Montessori Method [Paperback]

By Maria Montessori (Author)
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"Dr. Montessori was par excellence the great interpreter of the child; and though she herself has passed on from the scene of her labours her work will still go on."--Westminster Cathedral Chronicle One of the landmark books in the history of education--and one of the least expensive editions now available--this volume describes a new system for educating youngsters. Based on a radical concept of liberty for the pupil and highly formal training of separate sensory, motor, and mental capacities, the system enabled youngsters to master reading, writing, and arithmetic rapidly and substantially. Included are discussions of scientific pedagogy; discipline; the importance of proper diet, gymnastics, and manual labor; and many other topics. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1912 edition.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 24, 2007
ISBN  9562915824  
ISBN13  9789562915823  

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Maria Montessori, born in Italy in 1870, dedicated her life to learning how best to educate children particularly the poorest, most challenged children during their vulnerable beginnings. Today her legacy is evident worldwide. She died in the Netherlands in 1952.

John Chattin-McNichols, Ph.D., is the President of the American Montessori Society and Professor of Education at Seattle University. He is the author and editor of several books on Montessori education.


Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and died in 1952.

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The education of a sociopath  Apr 29, 2008
This is not a work of scientific pedagogy, it is a Rousseauesque definition of freedom (in the manner of EMILE:a book damned by Mary Wollstonecraft's A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN) and a Kantian synthetic a priori claim to the existence of something which exists because Kant said it did. Mary Wollstonecraft's daughter was the author of FRANKENSTEIN, a creature who demonstrated precisely what Emile would have demonstrated if left to his own devices, to his "freedom." Rousseau was creating a monster as Dr. Frankenstein did. Man is obviously not free (despite Sartre and the whole gang of self-indulgent existentialists), as Nietzsche demonstrated. The Montessori method builds on a doubtful and goofy philosophical basis which tends to deny a child the advantage of human history, to separate him from society in the name of his own freedom, denies him participation in the human enterprise and praises him for it, and in the name of freedom makes it more likely that he will become a sociopath. You will regret it if you turn your child over to these crackpots because he will learn he is never wrong and will ultimately tell you to go to hell. All this is the result of turning education over to a bunch of people and schools which profit financially from pushing a particular philosophy of education.
Very Informative  Feb 26, 2008
This book is very interesting in the history and authentic teaching methods of Maria Montessori. However, I would not classify it as an entertaining book as it goes into great detail about theories and methodologies.
A useful classic, but very dated  Nov 17, 2003
While there is much to commend this book, especially for parents of children in Montessori programs (which is why I read it), there is also much about it that is a problem. First, there is a gushiness in Montessori's utopian descriptions of how her program will create a "new man"--it's almost Leninist in its cadence, and it made me wonder whether Mussolini liked her Children's Houses. The disrespect for what children learn at home is palpable. Second, the section on the diet for children is hopelessly out of date. I'm sure her views, circa 1900, were the best science could offer, but we've gone way beyond advocating a diet rich in fats and sugar and prohibiting all milk products except butter. Third, there is too much detail for the general reader (i.e. most parents) about linguistic theory--and I really like linguistics. Her strengths, of course, are her emphases on the liberty and independence of the child (tempered by concern for society), stimulation and development of the senses, and the importance of writing. This inexpensive edition is worth having, but expect to skim a lot.
a classic work on child pedagogy  Jul 18, 2002
Here, Maria Montessori introduces a scientific approach to pedagogy. The Montessori schools which she established and developed are intended for children three to seven years of age. The children are allowed as much freedom as possible and are provided with "didactic materials" which are various artifacts which they can use to educate themselves. They are supervised by a single directress whose primary task is to observe the children and direct their efforts by explaining to them how various didactic materials are used (it's very simple, but nothing is obvious to a young child). This book offers some valuable concete advice, but its primary use to me was as an introduction to the approach of scientific pedagogy. The basic premises as I understand them are that (1) children have a natural desire to learn and (2) one can learn how to live in freedom only by being free. These premises are fully supported and fleshed out in the book. The Montessori method achieved startling results, with four year old children (on average) learning to be masters of themselves, disciplined, benevolent, self-confident, and capable of reading and writing. Every educator should be familiar with Maria Montessori's work.
was what i wanted  Nov 20, 1999
wha s excelent revew about the book and was prity impresed about i

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