The First Duty of an Educator

“This then is the first duty of an educator, to stir up life but leave it free to develop”—Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori’s quote seems to ask what is Education if not to conjure up curiosity, then leave a learner be to inquire, explore, find, define, and repeat or not. Shouldn’t the classroom represent a learning space that courts the vastness of life? And even as walls of access may exist on varying levels, shouldn’t education represent a ladder, a channel, a bulldozer, a path towards opening up that access, breaking down those barriers? There is a wide open space young learners will soon occupy. What tools, abilities, sensibilities, character are learners taking with them into that muddy terrain?

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