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