Italy – Maria Montessori – The Magnificent

Italy 1000 Lire Banknote – Face and Back

Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be a victim of events, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society. – Maria Montessori, Education for a New World

Italy 1000 Lira 1990 banknote front , featuring Maria Montessori
Italy 1000 Lira 1990 banknote back, featuring school children studying