Saturday, August 25, 2012
Seth D. Webb has a radical blog that will keep you all excited and on your toes. He starts out with a great quotation of Maria Montessori’s from “The Absorbent Mind.” “If education is always to be a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of (our) future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind . . . ? The child is endowed with unknown powers which can guide us to a radiant future. If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities.” . . . take time to tune into his blog: http://radicalmontessori.blogspot.com/2012/08/weaving-cosmos.html
As a mother and a Montessori teacher, I witnessed the hidden possibilities of the young child, the secret of childhood that Maria Montessori expressed in her many books. I can’t tell anyone what the secret is because it is unknowing, an expression of the child’s faith and hope. It’s our unknowing that calls us, the adult, to collaborate with the child’s unknowingness. When we give the child an environment of faith and hope, an experience of love, the child can then develop an intellect and potential for greatness and goodness.
In my book, “Montessori—Living the Good Life,” I attempt to express metaphorically the experience of collaboration enjoyed in the creation and formation of clay becoming a pot. The clay has the potential to be many things. The artist has the desire and potential to create a beautiful pot. With faith and hope in her work, the artist allows the clay to be centered and to spin on the wheel while her fingers are gently working with the yielding clay into an unknowing, unique vessel.
“To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.” M.M.
Please read my book: “Montessori—Living the Good Life,”
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Carl Jung tells us that “The greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally unsolvable. They can never be solved, only outgrown.”
I think politics originated when we first went to Moses or the Great Chief of our tribe or the leader of our neighborhood gang or the CEO of the company or the Guru or Avatar. Always there were leaders to elect to tell us what to do, what we had to do, and what we had to pay to have it done. Here lie the roots of commerce and the roots of war.
Maria Montessori tells us that, "Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war." If we want peace, we have to let go of what doesn’t work, what we have outgrown, and be present to the new world arriving. The child has the potential to do this naturally when given freedom and independence to work in collaboration with an environment of unknowingness where his intellect can develop and create a new world.
We must clearly understand, Maria Montessori reminds us in her book, “The Absorbent Mind,” that “when we give the child freedom and independence, we are giving freedom to a worker already braced for action, a worker who cannot live without working and being active. This he has in common with all other forms of life, and to curb it makes him degenerate.”
Please read my book: “Montessori—Living the Good Life.”
Saturday, August 11, 2012
“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth,” a famous quote of Maria Montessori and the theme of next year’s 27th International Montessori Congress being held in Portland, Oregon, “Montessori: Guided by Nature.”
This is going to be a fabulous gathering of thousands from all over the world, people who care about the child and our environment. World-renowned speakers, such as Dr. Vandana Shiva, a physicist ecologist and civil rights activist, a defender of the environment, and, as I mentioned in an earlier blog, Dr. Bryan Swimme, a mathematical cosmologist and author of several books on the Universe. Research presentations will reveal the potential plans for the universal child into the decades to come. The central concern of the Congress will be the role of humanity within the Earth community and the continuing creation of the Universe.
I want to spread the news about this Congress to as many folk as possible because I believe it’s an event that is going to make a global difference in the future of our children. More information can be found on my website, www.montessoritheory.com under the Events page as well as: www.montessoricongress.org. Another important quote from Maria Montessori reminds us that, “Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
Saturday, August 4, 2012
I couldn’t resist . . . I had to Google. The news of this new particle is exciting scientists all over the world. I’m excited reading about it but don’t ask me to explain what it’s all about. Some physicists are calling it the God Particle, suggesting it is the beginning of life, the beginning of mass; but most scientists are more cautious, saying it is potentially the beginning of many more experiments and new theories to explore.
Reading and meditating on this news causes me to wonder about a newly conceived child and its potential as a human being. Who knows what his/her future may bring to our world, to our universe. Is their creation any less magnificent than a star in the sky or a new found particle in the Hadron Collider? What is truly magnificent is that humans can reflect of these new theories and find ways to serve humanity and move mankind to a higher level of civilization.
Just as scientists observe the experiments of the new found boson particle, Maria Montessori observed the young child and experimented with different materials and methods to find out how children learn. In doing so she discovered the secret of the child’s absorbent mind—a mind that could take in their environment, their universe, and with their intelligence, create a new world. She wrote a book about this, the Absorbent Mind. My book, Montessori—Living the Good Life, speaks of it as well. (see www.montessoritheory.com)