Montessori Theory Unpopular Initially
"Some educators don't agree with Maria's ideas, but I believe they haven't experienced her principles or taken time to understand her method. Often, she is judged by perceptions of her philosophy, which are misinterpreted. I consider myself fortunate to be a disciple of her spirit, and I trust my words will never distort her true meaning."
"In 1915, Maria toured the United States by train, giving lectures along the way. She was graciously received by the public but was not welcomed by the education establishment. Maria was a realist. The pragmatic nature of education in the United States at that time influenced the efforts of the teachers and discouraged any possible involvement in the Montessori movement."
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