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Montessori for the new millennium : practical guidance on the teaching and education of children of all ages, based on a rediscovery of the true principles and vision of Maria Montessori
Wentworth, Roland A. Lubienski.
Publication Information:
Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 1999.
Physical Description:
iii, 136 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1360 Lexile.
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Although Montessori's name is almost universally known in education circles today, and there are countless nursery schools throughout the world using the "Montessori Method," the real core of her thinking has remained largely misunderstood. Most people regard the method as a system for the education of very young children. And most who have some direct experience of it, either as parent or teacher, would regard it as involving a certain set of procedures and specialized educational materials with clear and elaborate instructions for their use. However, the essence of Montessori's philosophy of education is in reality far broader than this, and contains a powerful message for educators everywhere. What is less well-known about Montessori's work is that she began by establishing the effectiveness of her approach at the pre-elementary level, but also strongly encouraged the extension of her method to the higher levels of education.

Wentworth's purpose in writing this book is to elucidate this vital aspect of Maria Montessori's life's work and to show how it applies to real-life teaching situations. She believed that by transforming the process of children's education she could help to transform the attitudes of the adults they will later become, and so those of society and the world at large--a message she promoted as vitally relevant to the future of humankind as a whole.

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Choice Review

The title of this book is misleading. Little in this volume addresses contemporary educational issues. Wentworth, now deceased, knew Montessori, and this short biography of Montessori, written by Wentworth's son, is engaging. The author claims that Montessori's principles can be applied to elementary and secondary school education as effectively as they have been to younger children. Without specifics, however, his case is not convincing. Although Wentworth appropriately stresses that Montessori would not want her work or her materials to be slavishly copied, he does not update her work in any significant way. He has translated some little-known speeches and articles from the Italian that are of historical interest. The chapter on freedom and discipline strikes a useful balance. The book generally functions as an introduction to educational practice, using Montessori as a guide. The advice to teachers, however, is not tied uniquely to Montessori. Paula Polk Lillard (Montessori: A Modern Approach, 1972), writing more than 20 years ago, was more effective in demonstrating Montessori's relevance. As the reflections of a sensible and humane teacher this book has some merit, particularly for new teachers. Lower-division undergraduates. S. Sugarman; Bennington College

Table of Contents

Biographical Note on Roland Lubienski Wentworthp. 1
Introductionp. 5
1 The Principles of the Montessori Systemp. 9
2 The New Environmentp. 18
3 Creativity and Structurep. 30
4 Freedom and Disciplinep. 52
5 Teacher and Childrenp. 77
6 Other Educatorsp. 94
7 Further Reflectionsp. 104
8 Epiloguep. 112
Appendix: Suggestions for Equipmentp. 116
Indexp. 127
Endnotesp. 131