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Author Archives: Marc Seldin

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 […]

Freedom, Discipline and Responsibility

“ When the teachers were weary of my observations, they began to allow the children to do whatever they pleased. I saw children with their feet on the tables, or with their fingers in their noses, and no intervention was made to correct them. I saw others push their companions, and I saw dawn in […]