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date: 04 August 2021

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Remembered chiefly as an education reformer, Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was also a social activist who brought the plight of Italy’s urban poor to light. In this excerpt from the third chapter of her book The Montessori Method, she reprints an address she made at the formal opening (1907) of the first of her “Children’s Houses” – this one in Rome, in the then-famous slum in the San Lorenzo district.

Translation by Clifford R. Backman

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