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Category Archives: Montessori Quick Bites

Items which usually begin with a quote from Dr. Montessori followed by ruminations on the themes she has brought up.

Grades, Success and Tiger Mothers

David DeHetre, released under the Creative Commons License, some rights reserved “Once we have accepted and established our principles, the abolition of prizes and external forms of punishment will follow naturally. Man, disciplined through liberty, begins to desire the true and only prize which will never belittle or disappoint him,- the birth of human power […]

“Where the children work for themselves…”

“From such a system there comes forth a school where the children work for themselves – that is, they are free. In this freedom they work much more than heretofore has been customary in school… Lars Plougmann, released under the Creative Commons License, some rights reserved and they attain culture more rapidly and more efficaciously… […]

“Often what we call naughtiness on the part of the individual child is rebellion against our own mistakes in educating him…”

"Often what we call naughtiness on the part of the individual child is rebellion against our own mistakes in educating him. The coercive means which we adopt toward children are what destroy their natural tranquility. A healthy child, in his moments of freedom, succeeds in escaping from the toys inflicted upon him by his parents, […]