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Strange but True Facts about Maria Montessori

Something about a girl named Maria…

When Maria Montessori was born, August 30, 1870, Italy had just become a united country. During this time girls were not allowed a public education. A girl’s family, and the Catholic Church, determined her education. Women belonged to their fathers, husbands, brothers, and uncles. Women could not have their own bank accounts, own property, or vote.

Maria was 7 years old when Italy first opened its doors to women for public education. This was part of the great changes that were taking place during the recent birth of Italy. Maria Montessori was definitely a woman born for her time. She was able to bend the norms of Italy’s changing society to become an outstanding educator.

Even though Dr. Montessori is known as an innovative educator, she was the first female physician in Italy. From medical school she specialized in psychiatry. During her internship, she worked in mental institutions where she was overwhelmed at the plight of the handicapped, poor and developmentally delayed children. It was from the pain of these lost children that fueled Montessori’s passion to develop a better method for helping the underprivileged. From this experience she developed her educational materials and methods and opened her first Children’s House in Rome’s ghetto. Today, we still benefit from her profound understanding of how infants and young children learn. In fact, many of her methods and theories are being confirmed and rediscovered today.


Joy Foster

posted at 1:51 p.m. on May 1, 2009

Maria was a devout Catholic and truly knew the value of all human life; she chose to have a child outside of marriage (instead of seeking an abortion) in a time it was most certainly scandalous to do so. The Roman Catholic Church was supportive of young women getting an education in Maria's time- it wasn't the Middle Ages! (I almost wrote "it wasn't the Dark Ages", but history has shown us it was the monks and nuns that continued to educate the youth that kept civilization going during the reign of the Barbarians!

Nimi Okirigwe

posted at 5:19 a.m. on May 26, 2009

Please can you get me portrades of maria montessori


posted at midnight on July 27, 2009

Im trying to find infomation about maria montessori i was wondering if anyone can help? changes developed impact she had on society impact she had on her industry and nature of spefic chanhes please if you find info please send the pages to my e mail thanks

Dee Carter

posted at 10:22 a.m. on August 5, 2009

I am looking for actual pictures of these schools, I am very intreged and have a report due soon on Mrs Maria. I would need that one thing to make the report what i imagine!


posted at 1:15 a.m. on July 20, 2011

that was really interesting and it had lots of facts

rajni singh

posted at 3:39 a.m. on September 22, 2011

we are actually looking for the correct sequence of montessori apparatus to be arranged in a resource center.......................kindly mail me the theory and the pictures along with it.


posted at 4:13 a.m. on June 6, 2012

could you plz help me to find a montessori job in gulf countries...


posted at 9:03 a.m. on September 4, 2012

could some one tell me real info on maria montessori it would help me alot


posted at 7:34 a.m. on February 6, 2014


Montessori trained

posted at 10:44 a.m. on February 22, 2014

Wow, you have a great free web site, you post great and useful free information, and some of the comments here, seem a little rude and demanding. SMH! Thanks for all you do!

Trained in 1996

posted at 2:11 p.m. on November 30, 2014

Dear Trained, I am surprized you do not see the "rude and demanding" commentors as simply untrained. Those who are not trained really are unaware of all that Montessori entails and make the simple mistake of not knowing. Just as we did before completing our training. At least they are asking for help and want to know more. I say to those who are not trained, learning about Montessori requires reading what she wrote- (at the very least these three books: The Absorbent Mind, The Secret of Childhood, The Discovery of the Child) and watching presentations given by trained Montessorians. And keep seeking knowledge. Best of luck to you. Mary

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