Thank you Dr Montessori

Educational genius Maria Montessori was born on this day in 1870. A woman far ahead of her time, she went to medical school then began her quest to educate young minds. A single mother whose father was sceptical about her work, Montessori believed that, “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” In a year when too many children have died in bloody wars started by male warmongers, her words have never felt more true: “Peace is a practical principle of human civilisation and social organisation that is based on the very nature of man. Peace does not enslave him; rather, it exalts him…. And because it is based on man’s nature, it a constant, a universal principle that applies to all human beings. This principle must be our guide in building a science of peace and educating men for peace.”

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