Research shows us that, far from being old-fashioned and obsolete, Montessoris ideas are now being recognised by educationalists, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists worldwide. Her emphasis on holistic learning with the importance of structure, intrinsic motivation, sociality and emotional intelligence were all ideas ahead of their time. She felt that it was education that lay at the root of social dysfunction and that it was only by celebrating children as the hope of mankind, that we would ever be able to change the nature of society. She fought for a peaceful world that celebrated the fundamental unity underlying diversity and her teachings remain as applicable today as they were then.
It is very relevant because it focuses on the achievements and celebration of individual children, recognising their individual gifts and aptitudes to learning. It promotes:
- personal and intellectual independence, which enables the child to do and think for him/herself.
- freedom with responsibility
- initiative and resilience
- high levels of self esteem
- respect for self, others and the environment
All these are required for the citizens of our planet in the 21st century.