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The Montessori Education in Service to World Peace

Montessori saw the child as a veritable world power, able to reconstruct society. The impact that parenting and education could have on society was profound for her.  She embraced education as an instrument for world peace. She envisioned an approach to education for the development of each individual’s human potential and as service to humanity. …

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Work! Man’s Fundamental Instinct – Dr. Montessori’s Own Words

These quotes were taken from Dr. Montessori’s book Education and Peace, and if you haven’t read it yet, this compendium will help to encapsulate the concept of “work” vs, “play”, in the Montessori approach. Lots of food for thought here: “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, …

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Characteristics of Professional Excellence

1.     The Excellent Professional exhibits an intrinsic knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, shows the courage to act upon that knowledge, and embodies the following ethical characteristics: Respect for self, others, and the environment Empathy Integrity Confidentiality Commitment The Excellent Professional strengthens our Montessori program and practice by: Revisiting Montessori pedagogy and literature. Seeking out, and …

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High Stakes Testing

Five years ago I wrote this article to highlight how conventional school testing really was a strategy that failed our public schools. It is still relevant today. For nearly 15 years both the federal government and states have relied on a strategy of high stakes testing to hold schools and teachers accountable for student learning. The …

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