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Dear Friend,

It has been several weeks since we were last in touch and we hope you have kept well and healthy as we took some time over the Easter holidays to catch up with our families.

We have not sat idly by over the holidays, however, and the Musings Team caught up with one another to plan next year, inspired by your overwhelmingly positive response to our survey. We really were so grateful for your supportive feedback which reflected that you, like us, feel a need to place the Montessori pedagogy and philosophy in the 21st Century, ensuring that the approach stays relevant for the children of today, preparing them for the world of tomorrow. We will share our plans for next year with you in more detail soon, but we will continue with what we are doing although likely slightly less frequently as we have now all returned to a new, post-pandemic reality which demands much from our time and energy.

We are returning, this last term with our last Book Club of the Academic Year. As usual, Barbara has prepared an excellent review of the chapters we are covering in this week's blog post. Do read this if you are planning to join us at our Book Club this Tuesday 3 May at 19.00 (BST) - register here. The issues discussed in these chapters are fascinating and timely, as they still feature regularly in current educational discourse too. The idea of reward and punishment to invite individual excellence alongside compliance; the development of the child's will and self-expression; as well as moral education and the role of the adult in this development all occupy us as practitioners in our daily interactions with our students.

Montessori's commitment to educational reform, in order to achieve societal reform, remains hugely relevant today. Her lectures and writing continue to invite us to reflect and to inspire, particularly when reviewed through a 21st Century lens. Returning to her writing brings new revelations every time, highlighting her deep reverence for the child, her courage and her dreams for a better world. 

With all warm wishes for this Sunday, and we hope to see you on Tuesday.

With our warmest wishes,

Additional Resources

Teacher Tom: Malpractice
Alfie Kohn: Dewey, Piaget and Frosted Mini Wheats
Alfie Kohn: Why Do We Punish Children?
Alison Gopnik: How Children Develop the Idea of Free Will
Philippa Perry: The Most Important Thing for Parents to Know
Dr Mine Conkbayir: Self Regulation
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