High Coo – August 31 – Happy B’day Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori (b. August 31, 1870 – d. May 6, 1952), portrait artist and date unknown

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name. “Her method was founded on the observation of children at liberty to act freely in an environment prepared to meet their needs.[102] Montessori came to the conclusion that the children’s spontaneous activity in this environment revealed an internal program of development, and that the appropriate role of the educator was to remove obstacles to this natural development and provide opportunities for it to proceed and flourish.”

A strong advocate for children’s rights and education focused on children’s natural talents, Maria was recognized by many including Alexander Graham Bell and UNESCO. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori

Today’s haiku: Happy Birthday Maria Montessori

Learning how you feel

develop at your level

express your talent

While I never personally attended a Montessori school or a school using her method, I have benefited by knowing someone who has. Thank you, and happy birthday, Maria.

Italian lira banknote, 1990 issue

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