Lao Tzu, Montessori, and the Watercourse Way of Peace

McFarland, Jim
January 2008
Montessori Life;Winter2008, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p12
Academic Journal
The article offers information about the works of Chinese sage Lao Tzu and his contributions that have established revered teachings to the world of literature. The mentor has published a book "Tao Te Ching," which posits a way of life based on respecting and trusting the inherent goodness of the natural order. Similar to Lao Tzu, Italian philosopher Maria Montessori is a careful observer of nature, people, events and especially children, wherein she came to many of the same conclusions as the old sage did. Montessori believed that the challenges of life, society, education and leadership must be solved by adherence to the natural laws of cosmic order. In addition, Lao Tzu uses the flow of water as a metaphor to describe this cosmic order.


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