Montessori Society AMI (UK)

Tending Humanity - 02 March 2021

11 Apr 2020 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Why does a leader become a leader? Because by the ideologies he expounds, he becomes the point of crystallization of some vague feeling that many (who later become the followers) have within them, but of which they are not clearly conscious. When someone appears stating clearly that which gives an answer to their feelings, he becomes a leader. Once he has become a leader and he has aroused confidence and enthusiasm, he may be followed even to disaster if the followers have not got a basis in reality. This is what Dr. Montessori meant when she said, 'We must help the child after six to fulfil his tendencies. They now urge him to understand no longer, as previously, only the immediate environment, but also that which is not accessible to his sensorial exploration'.

Mario M. Montessori, The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education


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