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