Scientific Methods As Applied To Child Education In "the Children's Houses"

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An audience already thoroughly interested awaits this translation of a remarkable book. For years no educa­tional document has been so eagerly expected by so large a public, and not many have better merited general antici­pation. That this widespread interest exists is due to the enthusiastic and ingenious articles in McClures Magazine for May and December, 1911, and January, 1912; but before the first of these articles appeared a number of English and American teachers had given careful study to Dr. Montessori's work, and had found it novel and important. The astonishing welcome accorded to the first popular expositions of the Montessori system may mean much or little for its future in England and America; it is rather the earlier approval of a few trained teachers and professional students that commends it to the educational workers who must ultimately decide upon its value, inter­pret its technicalities to the country at large, and adapt it to English and American conditions. To them as well as to the general public this brief critical Introduction is addressed.
It is wholly within the bounds of safe judgment to call Dr. Montessori's work remarkable, novel, and important. It is remarkable, if for no other reason, because it repre­sents the constructive effort of a woman. We have no other example of an educational system—original at least in its systematic wholeness and in its practical application— worked out and inaugurated by the feminine mind and
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