Dr. Montessori's legacy needs to be preserved in the face of rapid expansion and adaptation in a wide array of situations. We are concerned that Montessori could one day become "whatever anyone does in her name" and the value of the method for children will be lost. Montessori is both a set of practices and a condition of mind. The joining of these two parts is what distinguishes good effective Montessori classrooms.
The idea of "best practice" has the power to promote a higher level of professionalism, because it can engage Montessori teachers in meaningful discussions at a much deeper level, leading perhaps to a better understanding of human nature. It could certainly lead to be teaching practices within a school.
Dr. Montessori's thoughts need to be the core of our work. As Paula Lillard once told me, "If we could just allow our egos to be less dominant and focus on what Dr. Montessori said and did, it would be more than enough to occupy a professional life. It is too bad that more Montessori schools are based less on a rigorous study of Dr. Montessori's practice and insights than on our competing personalities."
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An extensive bibliography of works by or about Maria Montessori and Montessori education.
Adler-Golden, Rachel; Gordon, Debbie. (1980) Beginning French for Preschoolers: A Montessori Handbook. Hemet, CA: Education System Publisher.
Albanesi, Franco. (1990) Montessori Class Management. Dallas: Albanesi Educational Center.
Alex, Joanne DeFilipp; Wolf, Aline. (2003) I Wonder What’s Out There: A Vision of the Universe for Primary Classes. Hollidaysburg, PA: Parent Child Press.
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