Under the Guidance of Confused Leadership.
It is my personal conviction that the moral principles genuinely advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori have been artfully modified⏤in keeping with the interpretations of the ‘modern day pedagogues’ leading the Montessori movement. No reasoning, however, surpasses the ultimate universal moral principles of ‘equality’ (by way of equal respect and reverence towards all beings of sentience) and ‘reciprocity' (by way of causes and their natural consequences in mutual creation) that underpin all acts of human body, speech, and mind.
"when you swat the first fly in the presence of your child, you have set the first example of violence in your home!"
...changed her mind to deviate from her other-centered compassionate approach to grounding children.
All in all, it has always been Dr Montessori's plea to stand resolutely⏤in adherence to the twin principles of 'equal respect and responsibility'⏤in our efforts to sustain compassionately grounded learning, by experience.
The aforementioned misuse and misinterpretation of Montessori marked by the expression 'Humane Kindness of the Erdkinder' raises controversy. Erdkinder⏤meaning 'earth child' in German⏤seeks to convey Dr. Maria Montessori's educational vision in aid of the psychophysical development of the adolescent. Regrettably, today's practice of 'humane kindness'⏤in so-called Montessori Farm School models⏤is centered upon the 'self-serving' human alone while over-looking the precious nature of non-human life; this is seemingly a moral degradation of Dr. Maria Montessori's all-inclusive compassionate vision.