February 22, 2019
But She Was a Doctor!
- Maria Montessori
Question: What training did Maria Montessori have concerning the education of little children?
Answer: She didn’t have much... at first.
But what she did have was:
True grit to go against the grain of the times. She was Italy’s first woman physician. No easy task in a male-dominated culture.
A strong sense of direction and purpose. As a doctor, Montessori chose pediatrics and psychiatry as her specialties. While teaching at her medical-school alma mater, Montessori treated many poor and working-class children who attended the free clinics there.
Great observation skills. During that time, she observed that intrinsic intelligence was present in children of all socio-economic backgrounds.
Compassion and desire to improve or correct outdated ideas. Through her observations and extensive studying, she concluded that all children not only have the innate ability to learn but the passion to do so.
Ingenuity, stamina, and dedication. With her new awareness, Montessori was able to develop lessons that were universally available and understandable to all children. And as the bearer of these new and critical insights, she was able to speak out and advocate for them, and for their education, during her many travels around the world.
When you really stop to think about it, isn’t that we want for all children growing up: grit, a strong sense of self and purpose, clarity of vision, compassion and the desire to improve - all coupled with the ingenuity, stamina, and dedication to do so? Isn’t that what you want cultivated in your own children? Aren't these some of the most critical attributes by which the whole world advances?
Come join us on Monday, Feb. 25th at 12:30 pm out at the flagpole (weather permitting) as we kick off Montessori Education Week. Besides our regular flag ceremony, we will be doing a Peace Walk: “Take my hand; we will walk. We will only walk...”
Please join us in wearing MSA shirts this Friday in celebration of Montessori Education Week.
Dates to Remember
March 1 - Wear MSA shirts for Montessori Education Week
March 11 - 21 - MAP testing
March 17 - MSA Open House, 1-4PMMarch 19 - Third quarter ends
March 22 - Teacher professional development day
March 25-29 - Spring parent conferences
March 30 - Spring Benefit at 6:30PM at the T. Ed Garrison Event Center