Home Search Sitemap About Us
 
Sunday, July 21, 2019
 
 
Giacomo Puccini

Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle, in the province of Ancona, Italy. Montessori was the first female Italian physician in the modern era. As such, she was given a "menial" task: to try to educate the "idiots" and the "uneducable" in Rome. She opened her first school, in Rome, on January 6, 1907. The Montessori Method of education that she derived from this experience has subsequently been applied successfully to children and is quite popular in many parts of the world. Despite much criticism of her method in the early 1930s-1940s, her method of education has been applied and has

undergone a revival. By 1907, Montessori had established the first Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House, in Rome. By 1913, there was an intense interest in her method in North America, which later waned. (Nancy McCormick Rambusch revived the method in America by establishing the American Montessori Society in 1960.) Montessori was exiled by Mussolini to India for the duration of World War II, mostly because she refused to compromise her principles and make the children into soldiers. Montessori lived out the remainder of her life in the Netherlands, which is now the headquarters of the AMI, or Association Montessori International. She died in Noordwijk aan Zee. Her son Mario headed the AMI until his death in 1982.
(Courtesy of www.wikipedia.org)

 
Back to previous page
 

The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.

 

Copyright © 2005 Windsor Mosaic Website. All rights reserved.