Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
  • The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
  • One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
  • If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
  • Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
  • The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
  • The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
  • We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
  • We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
  • To aid life, leaving it free, however, that is the basic task of the educator.