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ALEXANDRE MOUROT AGE 14 & UP Since an ar­ti­cle in The New York Times in­formed us that the founders of Google, Wikipedia and Ama­zon all at­tended Montes­sori schools, there’s been no end to the in­ter­est shown in this method. This ap­proach to education, which em­pha­sizes in­de­pen­dence and free­dom within lim­its in the ac­qui­si­tion of ba­sic skills, is the sub­ject of the doc­u­men­tary Le Maître est l’enfant. Shot in Roubaix (north­ern France), in the old­est Montes­sori school in France, the film fol­lows twenty-eight nurs­ery pupils through­out a whole school year. While the first thing that strikes us is the calm at­mos­phere that reigns in the class­room, the chil­dren’s ca­pac­ity for con­cen­tra­tion and the knowl­edge they have ac­quired are sur­pris­ing to say the least. They can read by the age of four, do ba­sic arith­metic by five… Le Maître est l’enfant is a bril­liant demon­stra­tion in situ of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of­fered by this type of education so to­tally un­like the clas­sic school sys­tem. The doc­u­men­tary de­lib­er­ately avoids analysing the method in or­der to show how ef­fec­tive it is in the class­room. A mes­sage as clear as a bell!

On re­lease in France 27 September 2017

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