The Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company has the following objectives:
Maria Montessori was a scientist, who was earth-bound and highly spiritual in her pursuit of truth. She studied medicine, specialising in psychiatry and anthropology. She was also an outstanding mathematician. She studied educational methods for many years and took into account the two seemingly paradoxical extremes which are at the centre of her pedagogy: the universal characteristics of the human child, and the child as a unique, unrepeatable, respectable and admirable individual to be unconditionally accepted as one of life's most marvellous expressions.
Through careful and exhaustive scrutiny, she realised that children construct their own personalities as they interact with their environment. She also observed the manner in which they learned as they spontaneously chose and worked with the auto-didactic materials she provided. Her approach to education stemmed from a solid knowledge of biology, psychiatry and anthropology. She studied children of all races and cultures in many countries around the world, seeing the universality of the laws of human development.
The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child's inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.
The transformation of children from birth to adulthood occurs through a series of developmental planes. Montessori practice changes in scope and manner to embrace the child's changing characteristics and interests.
Montessori pedagogical principles are rooted in a social movement intended to champion the cause of all children, in all strata of society, of all races and ethnic backgrounds, within and beyond educational institutions.
The Montessori movement is based on the realisation that: "...mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation.”
Dr. Montessori founded the Association Montessori Internationale (www.montessori-ami.org). The objectives of the association are to uphold, propagate and further the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori for the full development of the human being. The Montessori movement works to assist children and their families in a variety of settings. Montessorians serve as advocates for all children - championing the rights of the child in society.
By protecting her from all practical details, her son Mario Montessori enabled Maria Montessori to concentrate fully on her creative work. He presented her with new ideas, not only reactions. As the years advanced, their complicity became total. Without him she would have grown frustrated by the lack of understanding, retreating into her spiritual isolation, unable to cope and fight alone to preserve the purity of her work.
By his understanding, his enthusiasm and belief in the significance of her cosmic vision for the development of mankind, he became a pillar of her work. He continued her work after she died. Against all odds, all struggles for power, all intrigues, he continued the fight for the child - the child, father of man.
Mario Montessori was married to Ada Pierson who always stood beside him and Maria Montessori. Ada Montessori-Pierson was a remarkable person who helped and supported them all her life and was the reason that Maria Montessori spent her last years in the Netherlands as well as that the Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) is located in the Netherlands.