Maria Montessori, a woman ahead of her time

Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870. As a child, she showed a strong personality. At a young age, she aspired to become an engineer and attended a technical school for boys, although her father disapproved of it. She then entered the University of Rome, studying medicine. Apparently ahead of her time, she was the first woman to graduate from the medical school of the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and in 1896 she became the first female doctor in Italy.

As a member of the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Rome, Montessori continued to work in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She developed an interest in the treatment and education of children with special needs and mental problems. Italy’s Minister of Education has appointed her to lead Scuola Ortofrenica, an institution dedicated to children with mental retardation. By testing her own educational theories, the children under her care have markedly improved their reading and writing skills and even surpassed normal academic performance.

Soon, Montessori was asked to lead a school for a low-income housing project in Rome. The opening in January 1907 of the now famous Casa dei Bambini, or Orphanage, was a revolutionary experiment in Maria’s career. Maria focused on creating an environment in which children could learn and develop their skills at their own pace, a principle that Montessori called “spontaneous self-development.” The role of the teacher in the classroom has changed dramatically to unleash the potential of each individual child and follow his example in the learning process. Rumors of children’s ability to absorb knowledge and focus on learning soon spread throughout the world, and Casa dei Bambini became the basis of what is now known as the Montessori Method.

The impressive results of Montessori’s natural teaching method soon brought fame and invitations to travel. Dr. Montessori first visited the United States in 1913. She had strong supporters in America, including Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Helen Keller. In 1915, she performed at Carnegie Hall, and then was invited to the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco, where she gave a class with glass walls for four months. Viewers were asked to observe 21 children in the classroom, each of whom were new to the Montessori method. The exhibition received two gold medals for education, and the world’s attention was now focused on Montessori’s visionary method of developing the innate potential of the child.

Dr. Montessori began conducting teacher development courses and speaking with internationally renowned educational organizations. Societies were created to promote her methods. In 1917 she was invited to open a research institute in Spain. In 1919 she began teaching courses in London. Although she continued to be respected in Italy, she was forced to leave in 1934 due to her opposition to the fascism of the Mussolini regime. After initially traveling to Spain, she subsequently lived in the Netherlands and continued to live in India in 1939 at the invitation of the Theosophical Society of India. Although Montessori was detained in India due to the war, he developed a series of training courses and laid a solid foundation for the Montessori method in India. Her son Mario, born in 1898, helped her develop and teach these classes in India.

In later years, Dr. Montessori conducted training courses in Pakistan, London and the Netherlands. Montessori has traveled around the world for over 40 years creating training courses, lecturing, writing and promoting her principled teaching method.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. She moved to the Netherlands again in 1949 and lived there for the rest of her years, dying in Noordwijk aan Zee in 1952.

Dr. Montessori leaves behind not only outstanding research and observation of children and their ability to grow and learn, but also an educational system that fosters a child’s freedom to become more focused, creative and inventive as they develop intellectually. and emotionally. Her lifelong work in child development and education remains well known throughout the world, her methods are promoted by numerous organizations, and Montessori schools are common in the United States and many other countries.

On January 6, 2007, ascended mistress Maria Montessori, through David C. Lewis, spoke to spiritual seekers about the education of the children of the Seventh Root Race:

As I pondered everything that inspired me on the path of recognizing how the inner truths of the soul can be manifested in a very orderly pattern through materials and through an environment that allowed the inner genius and creativity of the child-human-in-establishment / child-woman-in deployment [to blossom, I saw the] the miracle whereby, through instruction, the teachings naturally presented this child with very Christian patterns [that one’s] own soul could be in harmony with the fact that [her] your own Higher Self will give birth. Therefore, blessed ones, it is not so much a teaching or transmission of wisdom as the natural revelation of this innate wisdom from within one for whom the teacher is a servant.

Each of you can take the very principles that I was fortunate enough to embody in the so-called Montessori Method and apply them to other areas of your life – in business, in commerce, and even in organizing your Heart Centers and creating your communities. For these principles are universal in nature, and when fully accepted and understood, they will allow the flowery gift of virtue and the buddhic path to flow through everything you do, everything you perceive, blessed.

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