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Maria Montessori

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Diana D'Emeraude

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Maria Montessori
"Free the child's potential, and you
will transform him into the world."
more famous quotes:
Innovator
Feminist
&

Idealist
Innovator
: successfully developed a method of teaching ignored, impoverished children with special needs that were thought to be unteachable. Believing the methods in her child-centered, researched approach would work for all children, she found another school to test her theory. The Montesorri Method is now taught in thousands of schools all over the world.



Feminist
: During an era and location of well-defined gender roles, at the age of 13, Maria Montessori attended an all boys engineering school. Later, after changing to medical college, she became the first qualified female medical doctor in Italy.



Idealist
, Though the students’ lessons were called “work,” she felt children should be happy as they learned. "One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.


Maria Montessori is an exemplary example of self-knowledge/empathy. She successfully pushed the boundaries and excelled in fields that at that time were reserved for men, even though the path was a difficult one. Her respect of children – even those normally ignored is to be admired. She shared her knowledge both directly by teaching and through her numerous books.

Because of the major barriers she crossed, the one value I would ascribe to her is self-esteem.


Self-Knowledge/Empathy,
Respect, and Self-Esteem
Diana D'Émeraude
EDGR 502
Least Admired Qualities

This was difficult. The more I read about this amazing woman, the more I admired all that she had done. I'm sure she had faults, but many of the qualities that agitated those around her, would probably be acceptable today. She was a leader in the woman's movement, insisted on the education she felt she deserved -- even obtaining the pope's help to be allowed into medical school.

What I'm more inclined to disagree with is some of the teaching methods -- at least for modern American children. Though cleanliness would be extremely important in her time, I feel there is an over-emphasis on it. In contrast, there is very little emphasis on the arts. Though the child is supposed to be the leader of what is studied, it's my understanding that the lessons must proceed in a rigid sequence.

However, Google's founders felt their success could be traced back to their Montessori preschool education.


Qualities I Admire
Courageous
Risk-taker
Broke gender barriers
Challenged the status quo
Believed all children could learn
Was a prolific writer

References
Maria Montessori exemplified a true pioneer in her career choices, her innovative creation of an educational method still popular 100 years later, her push for equality for women, and living a life that exemplified these qualitiess.
Alpine Montessori. (2014). Education for Life. About Maria Montessori. Retrieved from http://www.alpinemontessori.com/about/maria-montessori/
American Montessori Society. (2013). Maria Montessori. Retrieved from http://amshq.org/Montessori%20Education/History%20of%20Montessori%20Education/Biography%20of%20Maria%20Montessori.aspx
American Montessori Society. (2013). Quotes by Maria Montessori. Retrieved from http://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/History-of-Montessori-Education/Biography-of-Maria-Montessori/Quotes-by-Maria-Montessori.aspx
Brainyquote. (2001-2014). Maria Montessori Quotes. Retrieved from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/maria_montessori.html
Lickona, T. (1991). Educating for character: How our schools can teach respect and responsibility.  New York, NY: Bantam Books
Lickona, T. (2003). The content of our character: Ten essential virtues. The Fourth and Fifth R's, Respect and Responsibility,10(1), 1-3. Retrieved from http://www.character-education.info/Articles/TheContentofOurCharacter.pdf
Maria Montessori. (2014). The Biography Channel website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/maria-montessori-9412528.

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