I've recieved this beautiful letter from Emma, friend of Alys Mendus, as part of the preparation of Edu on Tour Brazil 2014. She kindly agree I can share it with you on my blog, too.
I think if I had to pick one thing, the first thing that captured my attention and made me take a closer look at Montessori Education, it would be the emphasis on the development of the whole child. At the turn of the 19th/20th Century Maria Montessori wrote about how the almost exclusive emphasis on the intellectual development of the child in traditional education was failing both the child and society. It seems to me that, sadly, not much has changed! In contrast, Montessori’s own unshakeable belief that the physical, social and emotional development of the child are equally as important as the intellectual, can be clearly seen in the educational practices she created. One hundred years on, parents the world over still share with Maria Montessori the desire to prepare a balanced child for the world in which we live.