The 3 level of obedience
This month marks the 100th anniversary this month that Maria Montessori opened a school in Rome . A century later , there are more than 22 ,000 schools that bear the name Montessori in over 110 countries worldwide Her ideas , once laughed at , has become very influential not only in The United States but all across Europe as well as other parts of the world as her influence has touches every corner of the world Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives education is a natural process spontaneously carried out [banner_entry_middle]
by the human individual , and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment . The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity , spread over a specially prepared environment , and then refraining from obtrusive interference (Montessori , 1997 ) Marie Montessori was ahead of her time and only in contemporary society has come to fully appreciate her contributions to the field of education . In her book : The Absorbent Mind Marie Montessori details her ideology behind the schools as well as what constitutes the most advantageous learning environment for a student and how a teacher can provide such a place . The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge . He has the power to teach himself . A single observation is enough to prove this (Montessori , 1997 ) From this premise , Maria Montessori built her three levels of obedience
The structure of discipline assumes a certain degree of obedience Before a child reaches the age of three , he is truly unable to obey unless what is asked of him happens to correspond with one of his immediate urges . At this stage , his personality hasn ‘t formed to the level where he is capable of making a choice to obey on his own . It is this time in a child ‘s life which Montessori termed the first level of obedience . Our children chose their work spontaneously , and by repeating the world they have chose , they develop an awareness of their actions that which at first was but a vital impulse ( horme ) has become a deliberate act . This little child ‘s first movements were instinctive Now , he acts consciously and voluntarily , and with this comes an awakening of his spirit ‘ Montessori , 253 ) A toddler can obey , but this is not always the case . This is the time in a child ‘s life when instruction is needed but always to remain careful that the parent or teacher does not overemphasize their role within the child ‘s environment . By instinct and logic (or perhaps through the shared of life with children for thousands of years ) the adult knows that all one can do at this age is to forbid , more or less violently , those actions that the child continues to do not withstanding (Montessori , 259 Maria Montessori always gave a great deal of credit to children and in her ideas on the three levels of obedience , was careful not to hinder the growth and development… [banner_entry_footer]
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