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Teaching: Montessori in the Slums

Founding the first modern Montessori school in the U.S. turned red-haired Nancy McCormick Rambusch from a housewife into a stormy prophetess. Her success in...

Education: The First Progressive

The world has almost forgotten Maria Montessori, the founder of progressive education. But she was still alive last week, though far from her native Italy and...

Education: Montessori in Copenhagen

Above the green, copper roofs of Copenhagen in the grey-spired Christiansborg palace, home of the Danish Parliament, a dumpy old lady last week rapped a...

Education: Return of Montessori

(See front cover) Last week at Rome, in the Via Monte Zebio, a plump little woman in rusty black clothes stood up to receive the approval of Fascist...

A Century of Science

Fruit flies and biplanes. Pap smears and CAT scans. Radar and lasers. Insulin, penicillin, LSD and ESP. Artificial hearts. Artificial intelligence. A few of the...

Education: The Joy of Learning

The U.S. has all but forgotten Maria Montessori, the practical Italian idealist who founded her own brand of progressive education in 1907. Though once...

Cinema: Festivals

In theory, the New York Film Festival is a confluence of fresh works by prodigies; in practice, it has been a babel of indifferent talents redeemed only...

Education: Childhood Secrets

In January 1906, Maria Montessori opened her first Casa del Bambini in Rome. Twelve years earlier she had been hooted and jeered there as the first woman ever...

Education: The Great Evasion

Modern U.S. educators are always trying to define the "aims" of education. But to a swelling chorus of critics, the definitions have a hollow sound. Last week,...

Child Psychologist Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget, the pioneering Swiss philosopher and psychologist, spent much of his professional life listening to children, watching children and poring over...

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