THE PURPOSE OF MONTESSORI EDUCATION

 

Dr Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person.  He must do it himself or it will never be done. 

 

A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. 

 

Dr Montessori felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education would not be to fill the child with facts from  pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn.

 

In the Montessori classroom this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping him to perfect all his natural tools for learning, so that his ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations. 

 

The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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