The basic principles of the “Montessori miracle” are self-education, self-study and self-development. This is a system without punishment or reward. The educator does not educate the child, but rather directs his activities. “Help me do it myself” is the main motto of the Montessori technique. Don’t force the child to do something, rather try to interest him; not to “fake” the character of the child, but to help him reveal his potential, taking into account the favorable (sensitive) periods of development.
The advantages of the “Montessori miracle” are simplicity, accessibility, efficiency and they are recognized by all. In the history of pedagogy, such situations do not develop often. It probably happened like this, her approach to education and development, the “Montessori miracle”, was born of her great love for disadvantaged children, deprived not only of books and toys but also of basic human warmth, children who really need help.
Maria Montessori’s methodology takes into account the needs, abilities and proceeds from the fact that absolutely every child is unique. An individual approach is needed to reveal the talents of children.
The Montessori Miracle is not a dogma, it is more like a guide for action.
How dangerous has this amazing, exceptional woman and her parenting system called the Montessori Miracle turned out to be?
The keyword in Master Montessori’s dictionary was the word “Freedom.”
The goal of her whole life was to educate free, independent, self-thinking people, able to make decisions and take responsibility for them. Dictators of all times have feared just such people, and the ideologies of all totalitarian regimes of the last century have hated her method. That is why Montessori schools were closed, and teachers and followers of the “Montessori miracle” were persecuted.
Montessori pedagogy returned to Europe after World War II and received its second life.