Montessori and Liberty: Maria Montessori and Her Method of Education


The conference considered the question of how men and women destined for freedom should be educated through a close consideration of the theories and practices of Maria Montessori and a comparison of her views with those of Progressive and traditionalist educators.


Conference Readings

Dewey, John. “My Pedagogic Creed.” School Journal 54 (January 1897): 1-14.

Hirsch, E. D., Jr. The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Kilpatrick, William Heard. The Montessori System Examined. Chicago: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1914.

Kirkpatrick, Jerry. Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: Educational Theory for a Free Market in Education. Upland: Kirkpatrick Books, 2008.

Lillard, Angeline. Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Montessori, Maria. From Childhood to Adolescence. Amsterdam: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, 2014.

Montessori, Maria. The Discovery of the Child. Amsterdam: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, 2009.

Montessori, Maria. To Educate the Human Potential. Amsterdam: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, 2015.

Montessori, Mario. “Respect this House.” NAMTA Journal 23, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 7-9.

Ravitch, Diane. Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform. New York City: Simon and Schuster, 2001.

Sayers, Dorothy L. Education in a Free Society. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1973.