Here’s the core of it, copy/pasted from Wikipedia :
Montessori education is fundamentally a model of human development, and an educational approach based on that model. The model has two basic principles. First, children and developing adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development. Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.
It’s a very interesting approach, and one of the key word of it is AUTONOMY. Many parents interested by Montessori buy books to understand and use it at home, but some of them just heard about it, or read an half-page article, and they just clicked on two concepts they adoooore :
My child (who is already “ahead of others”, of course) will be even better.
My child will be more autonomous, and… I will have peace.
This second point is the problem here. Autonomy is very important in this education, but not in the way “he is happy alone and I will have peace to do something else”!
It’s more : freedom to choose and activity and the rhythm, self-discipline (“I notice my mistakes”), experimenting, etc. There are… books about that!
Le Corbusier was a French architect. I just found a quote and I try to translate in English. It’s a good tool you can use to be creative (if you need to) :
When a task is given to me, I use to put it inside my memory, which mean I don’t allow myself to draw any sketch, for months. The human head have a certain independence : it is a box in which you can pour loose elements of a problem. One let then “float”, “simmer”, “ferment”. Then, one day, on a spontaneous initiative of the inner being, a click happens : one takes a pen, one gives birth on the paper. The idea comes out, the baby comes out : he comes into the world, he is born.
This is a great tool, and it can be mixed with other “common sense” plans (creative people know, for example, that they “work” in front of their blank page, but also that they get “ideas” elsewhere, walking in the street, washing the dishes or after making love). So, think about your problem and go talk to the birds, or bake a cake!
There are dozens of tools about Power (48 Law of Power, Greene) or the “Art of War” (Sun Tzu, but the 36 Stratagems is better – I’ll tell you soon). My blog is more about little tools for life. So… Let’s talk about your “enemy”.
It’s an old trick that all business guys know : when you have exploited everything against your enemy, work with it !Nelson Mandela goes further :
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
More craftily, if you work/absorb your enemy, you have the possibility to trap it, to watch it, because you’re closer ! There’s something to dig for, here. Your enemy’s is too strong ? Too different ? Too smart ? Open the gates, let him come. Then : hit. Ouch !
It’s very political. It seems that in History (big H to this word, please), you sometimes have to invent an enemy. Look at Iraq and “weapons of mass destruction” after the 9/11. It’s very useful when you have to regroup and feel safe. Invent an enemy.
After all, wars and battles are unpleasant. Sometimes it’s very cool to realise that your enemy was… not an enemy. Then you can go to ONE ! Peace ! Talk, find the links, realise that your enemy wasn’t an enemy at all (after all, you invented it, right ?). Shake hands, talk, weave, smile.