Explaining the Extraordinary, Part One: Cultivating the Potential of the Child | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization
‘Children develop when they are able to move about and use both their hands and their mind together, she insisted, and the very act of restricting movement in order to fill a child with knowledge is an obstacle to the realization of true potential, which comes from within the child, not transferred to a child from an adult.’
The notion of molding a child reflects the mistaken belief that the adult creates the child.
“Education,” wrote Montessori, “depends upon a belief in the power of the child and on a certainty that the child has within himself the capacity to develop into a being that is far superior to us.”
Reminds me of Kahlil Gibran’s poem On Children.
what are the characteristics of a child whose potential is revealed?
[A] love of learning and work; the ability to concentrate deeply and for extended periods of time; a desire for order and organization; inner discipline; a love and appreciation for silence and stillness; independence and autonomy; a can-do, self-reliant attitude; compassion towards others; respect for self, others, and the environment; and inner joy and peace.