School Reforms That Are Persistent And Admired But Marginal (Part 3)

You’ve provided a wonderful description of Montessori education. I believe one of the challenges, in addition to the internal disputes mentioned in Educating Human Potential comment, is the inherent challenge of describing a system that appears simple at first glance but is underpinned by a balance of opposites. Freedom within limits, independence within community, etc. In many ways it has to be seen to be believed, or experienced over time to be understood.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Who am I quoting here? Hint: Quotes come from person born in the 19th century.

If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?

The ancient superficial idea of the uniform and progressive growth of the human personality has remained unaltered, and the erroneous belief has persisted that it is the duty of the adult to fashion the child according to the pattern required by society.

If you guessed John Dewey, you were wrong. The quotes come from Maria Montessori (1870-1952).

Born in Italy, Montessori became a physician –one of few women to do so at the time. In 1906, she was appointed as head of the Casa Dei Bambini where she…

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