New Paradigm by Dr. Montessori (cont.)


The Montessori classroom was a place where children were seen and heard, safe from authoritarian adults, where the child’s interest and drive for learning were noted and valued. Although not a democracy, because the experienced adult established the guidelines for behavior and set up the environment, yet the classroom was egalitarian in philosophy. The Montessori teacher saw the child as equal to adults, with the right to respect. All people, whether child or adult, followed the same classroom guidelines. For example, if children may not sit on tables, neither do the teachers. Although called a teacher, s/he was a special adult, open to life, who believed in each child and encouraged each one to reach for his/her full potential, whatever that might be.