What are the TOP 10 education quotes by Maria Montessori?


We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.


We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.


If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.




The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.


If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?


Times have changed, and science has made great progress, and so has our work; but our principles have only been confirmed, and along with them our conviction that mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.


Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.


If education is protection to life, you will realize that it is necessary that education accompany life during its whole course.


At three years of age, the child has already laid the foundations of the human personality and needs the special help of education in the school. The acquisitions he has made are such that we can say the child who enters school at three is an old man.



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