Maria Montessori revolutionized teaching in her day. Here is a short history about her life.
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Maria Montessori. Previous (Maria Kraus-Boelté) · Next (Maria Theresa of Austria). Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist, and humanitarian. … It was when he broke this promise that Montessori left the Orthophrenic School in 1906, and took a job as the director of a system of daycare centers for working-class children in Rome. … Her son, Mario, headed the AMI until his death in 1982.