Dr. Maria Montessori and Her Term Paper

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Dr. Montessori did, however, work to ensure that her method would continue on by establishing training centers designed to pass her philosophies on from generation to generation. Interestingly, in the only country that allowed her to expand her methods to older children, are the only training centers that train elementary school teachers. An online article by Prachi Nayak reports, "Currently Indian Montessori schools cater to children only till the age of six. But to train teachers at a higher level, the elementary level 6-12 AMI [Association Montessori Internationale] teacher training course is now made available at Navdisha in Chennai. To train more teachers at this level, the IMF [India Montessori Foundation] will help in starting more training centres for the AMI 6-12 years course."

India was also the place where Dr. Montessori conceived her "Education for Peace" initiative. Montessori believed that in order to achieve peace, it must be taught and actively promoted. In her book Education and Peace, Montessori expressed the following sentiments: "Peace is a goal that can only be attained through common accord, and the means to achieve this unity for peace are twofold: first, an immediate effort to resolve conflicts without recourse to violence -in other words, to prevent war -and second, a long-term effort to establish a lasting peace among men"(Montessori 27).

Montessori's program for peace was in direct alignment with her educational methods in that it revolved around the concept that results cannot be achieved unless they are actively pursued.
The doctor incorporated this philosophy of action into all of her methodologies. Her experiences in India among the poor, starving and remarkably serene population helped to enforce her understanding of the power of the mind to resolve seemingly irresolvable issues.

Although she passed away in 1952, Dr. Maria Montessori's methods and philosophies continue to drive education across the globe. India was not her only venue for exploration and inspiration, but it was undoubtedly one of the most powerful. The work she has accomplished both during her life and after her death gives credence to the notion that our spirits live on long after our bodies do.

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