Multi-cultural Arts
"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.

My experiments, conducted in many different countries, have now been going on for forty years, and as the children grew up parents kept asking me to extend my methods to the later ages. We then found that individual activity is one factor that stimulates and produces development, and that this is not more true for the little ones of preschool age than it is for the junior, middle and upper school children."

--Maria Montessori - from The Absorbent Mind