THE LIGHT WITHIN: The Story of Maria Montessori by Norah Smaridge

THE LIGHT WITHIN: The Story of Maria Montessori

Email this review


It is a straightforward enough biography as juvenile biographies go, but the potential readership is what boggles the mind. Perhaps the members of Future Teachers clubs will find this discussible or those poor souls cast adrift to read a biography of a teacher or even graduates of the Montessori method nursery schools that now proliferate. At any rate , the lady didn't have much of a private life and she struggled with convention rather than poverty to become Italy's first woman doctor. Her major interest became the education of small children and the basis of her program was respect for the child. Her insights were based on close observation of children at play. Her experimental classrooms were set up for the poor, the methods worked and Dr. M. lectured, wrote and thought about it to largely admiring audiences until she died just after 1952.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1965
Publisher: Hawthorn