Friday, January 12, 2007

Happy Birthday, Montessori!

In this, the centenary year of Dr Maria Montessori setting up her first school in the slums of Rome on January 6, 1907, the influential Washington Post has a piece celebrating 'Montessori going mainstream.' [Hat tip Stephen Hicks]

A healthy sign -- that even the Washington Post finds themselves able to praise Dr Montessori -- but try not to trip over all the political correctness in their article.

Keep an eye out for lots of Montessori centenary activity this year -- more details about the centenary here, and if you're in NZ, more details of local activities here.

LINKS: Montessori, now 100, goes mainstream - Washington Post
Centenary of the Montessori movement - MontessoriCentenary.Org
100 years of Montessori - Montessori Association of New Zealand

RELATED: Education, Politics-US



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be interested in how Montessori felt about mind-altering drugs. I know what Rand thought about ejecting ourselves from reality.

That beautiful child - Graeme Burton - was totally destroyed by the narcotic drugs you consistently promote as our right - no matter how many murders it causes.

I posted on this when you were away and got 20+ comments.


1/14/2007 05:39:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kane Bunce said...

Anon, as I once said on my blog, drugs don't cause crimes. Irrationality and lack of morals do.

1/15/2007 12:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger PC said...

Anonymous, or rather Ruth (you can tell who it is from the irrelevant intrusion), you asked: "I would be interested in how Montessori felt about mind-altering drugs. I know what Rand thought about ejecting ourselves from reality."

As far as I know, Montessori wrote nothing about mind-altering drugs (or about Graeme Burton), but would probably have thought about them the same as Rand.

As far as Burton goes, I know nothing about him except that "beautiful" is not a word I'd use to describe him. "Totally destroyed by narcotic drugs"? Really? Richard at Benzylpiperazine says otherwise:

"I have a better explanation. One which explains both why Burton went to jail in the first place, and why he was (tragically) let out."

See what he says here.

1/17/2007 03:04:00 p.m.  

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