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Maria Montessori

I have a lot of time for this lady, she should be talked about as a positive role model more often I reckon. She became the first accepted and recognised female doctor in Rome around 1896. She was not allowed to be in the same room as men whilst studying and cutting up dead bodies, so she had to go and do it by herself in the night time. How big are her metaphorical balls? Bigger than mine. After this, she went on to work with children everybody said were a lost cause, but the results she got were top quality. She helped so called retards pass state examinations in reading and writing, they passed with above average scores. So, she started up her own school, with it's own specialised way of teaching. This quote sums it up:

“Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be a victim of events, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society”.

Her way of teaching is done all over the world, with varying degrees of success, I imagine that depends upon who is implementing it, but from my experience, children love and thrive within it. I sent my daughter to a montessori school for a while, only stopped because I moved from the area. I thought about sending her to one when we lived in London, but the people who ran it seemed liked top grade a-holes. Instead, I sent her to a school that was filled to the brim with all sorts of nationalities, was wicked. Her reception class was such a vibrant positive place to be. Turkish, Somalians, cockney, Pakistani, Jamaican, afghans, Hindu and Cornish. So lush.
This model was designed by Maria to help children grasp the importance and relevancy of colour theory.

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