“Montessori Integrative Learning is a love story with the Universe.”
~Sarah Etherington, TIES Graduate
Who was Maria Montessori?
Maria Montessori was born in 1870. Throughout her early years she wanted to be a medical doctor, claiming she would never be a teacher. After focusing on the sciences and engineering during her secondary years she decided to enter Medical school. Turned away by the establishment she persisted until she gained entry.
Her initial work was with mentally challenged children in a psychiatric ward. Through her observations she determined that they were sensorially-deprived so she extended the ideas of Seguin and Itard by providing materials for the children to manipulate. In time, these hospitalized children learned to read and write at advanced levels. Her work gained world-wide attention.
After 30 years of observing children in her “prepared environments” she became increasingly aware of the profound possibilities for the development of a “new” personality… one that had the potential for seeding a “new humnanity’ that would be capable of building a “new world” at peace. (International Congress at Oxford, 1936).
From 1939 through 1946, Montessori lived with her son, Mario in India. Originally planning for a six-month vist to offer courses for teachers, the Montessoris were unable to return to Europe because of World War II. During those years she wrote her most seminal works: To Educate the Human Potential, Education for a New World, Education and Peace and The Absorbent Mind. These and more, taken as a whole, bring us to the realization that Montessori education holds the potential for changing the human journey during the 21st century.