María Montessori

1870-1952

Maria Montessori was an Italian pedagogue that renovated teaching by developing a particularly new method, known as the Montessori Method. It was used in primary schools in her native Italy; years later it began its expansion to the rest of the world.

Dr. Montessori is considered one of the most important pioneers in education. Her ideas are renown all over the world and have been a great influence on mainstream contemporary education.
The Montessori Method is based in the promotion of the child´s own initiative and answers capabilities, through didactic materials especially design for this purpose. The method proposes a great diversification and freedom of work.

Dr. Montessori is considered one of the most important pioneers in education. Her ideas are renown all over the world and have been a great influence on mainstream contemporary education.
The Montessori Method is based in the promotion of the child´s own initiative and answers capabilities, through didactic materials especially design for this purpose. The method proposes a great diversification and freedom of work.

It is admirable that a woman born by the end of the XIX century (1870) was able to study

She worked with big scientific personalities from her time, all who endorsed her. Dr. Montessori claimed that “one of the most urgent efforts ever to be made in favor of the reconstruction of society, is in the construction of education” “then to show the child that he or she is destined to shape a humanity capable of understanding and controlling our current civilization.”

Dr. Montessori had an encounter with Mahatma Gandhi, who commented on the importance of childhood education to promote peace. Because of this, the doctor. moved to India and worked for several years there.

Her work in many countries has made her one of the great pioneers of education and her work has influenced great pedagogues.

Thanks to her work on children, she was decorated with the League of Honor granted by the French government. She also was candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions

Among her work stand out: “Scientific Pedagogy” “Peace and Education” “Education for a New World” “The Formation of Man”.