Some people read Dr Maria Montessori Decalogue’s and say, ‘This is too easy!’ But is it really?
Each rule says a lot about the heart of what Montessori education is and what it isn’t.
A lot of us concentrate on the materials, as administrators providing the didactic materials is a priority, as teachers presenting the materials and lessons is what we worry about!
At the end of the day are we not missing the point?
Child, Teacher and Environment are the pillars that hold this method together, with the child at the center interacting with the other two to help construct himself and reach his potential.
It is therefore important to go back to the basics as Montessori practitioners, and dig in, to find the heart behind why and how we do Montessori.
Is it simply enough to bear the name Montessori on our signboards?
Do we have the right to discard Montessori schools that follow the heart of Montessori but are presently unable to find ways to afford all the expensive materials?
Must we continue to use the lame excuse of culture (I am talking specifically to all of us who still use the cane as a means of correction and direction), to justify the abuse of the child!
Look at what Dr Maria Montessori says in the first two rules of the decalogue.
What do you think? What stands out to you? How can this help to change your practice of Montessori?