The present document will focus on the relationship between discipline and obedience according with Montessori's philosophy. I will explain to how discipline and obedience play a vital role in the development of a child and how both these are linked or connected to the development of the will.
First, current definitions of the terms discipline and obedience will be discussed and will be compared with Montessori's interpretation of these concepts. The influence of favourable environment in the development of the will and in discipline will be explained. Following there will be explained how the maturational develop of discipline is linked to the development of the will. Then there will be a consideration in how these aspects of development are the foundation of the development of obedience. I will then describe the there levels of obedience linking the first two relevantly to the spiritual and social embryonic stages of the absorbent mind.
Finally I will conclude my argument by summarising the main ideas of this essay.
The term DISCIPLINE is often define in the dictionary by "training to act in accordance with rules; drill; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training; behaviour in accord with rules of conduct;" This term is still very associated with punishment in your society. We say a child needs "discipline" when they are miss behaving and we think parents or teachers need to punish him. Discipline it's imposed by external factors and maintained by fear of repercussions or punishment. I consider this type of forced discipline to be ineffective. It may appear to be effective from the outside but is not maintained in a long term. The child may act submissive to play by the rules, either be rewarded for this or to be punished for doing the opposite.