Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Short Essay - Answer Key

E. M. Standing
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1. Based on the preface to this book, what is significant about the work Montessori did?

Based on the preface to this book, the significance of the work Montessori did is that she worked with the children that most held a strong prejudice toward. Additionally, she soon saw that given the appropriate tools and attention, these children, which many discounted, could grow intellectually.

2. What does Standing make clear about the content of this book?

Standing makes clear that this book focuses on the strengths of Montessori's teaching methods. Standing also clearly indicates that this book does not discuss exact teaching methods in great detail, but rather provides the reader with other reference materials to look at for this information.

3. Why does Standing suggest that Montessori was fortunate when it came to education?

Standing suggests that Maria Montessori was fortunate when it came to education because education for girls had improved from previous generations. Additionally, her parents were interested in her education and moved her to Rome in order to give her better educational opportunities.

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