This paper aims to contextualize the work and personality of educator Maria Montessori in the field of Italian avant-garde culture in the early twentieth century, through a comparison with theories and practices of the Futurist movement. Therefore, it is proposed an interpretation of Montessori as a modern intellectual. In the first part, the life of the educator, the implementation of her educational method and her communication strategies are compared to F.T. Marinetti’s biography and Futurist propaganda techniques. Subsequently, the paper high-lights analogies, but also differences, between Montessori’s theories and Futurist manifestos, proposing that the ultimate aim of her educational method, as well as the purpose of the Italian avant-garde movement, was to give life to a new society for the modern world.
Keywords: Futurism, Pedagogy, Education, Positivism, Notionism.
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