LE MAITRE EST L’ENFANT
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