Dr. Montessori writes in "From Childhood to Adolescence" : These two needs of the adolescent: for protection during the time of the difficult physical transition, and for an understanding of the society which he is about to enter to play his part as a man, give rise to two problems that are of equal importance concerning education at this age.
I read this part more than hundred times and today the word TRANSITION catched my eye.
So what is about transition at that age? Montessori talks about "physical" transition. As we all know the adolescence is also a psychic transition towards manhood. It is about understanding the society, how to work collaboratively and so forth.
In society experts often talk about transition related to a changeover from the primary classroom to the elementary classroom and next to middle school and so on. They call it normative challenges or developmental tasks. They talk about transition in terms of steps.
Is it the point Montessori meant? As Montessori educators we know that transition is not to jump from one step to the next then remain on that step for the time of adolescents and then jump to the next level and suddenly become an adult solely because of having passed a final exam.
In fact there is a continous process going on consisting of thousands of steps - some short ones some very vast ones. We don't know which person the child will be.
For me the great X at the "Bulp-Chart" is a symbol and a reminder to be always aware of a secret process I must be aware of. As Dr. Montessori says:
„We must ponder long and hard and work to deepen our knowledge of human psychology and education so that they may become a true help to man. The aim of education should not to be to teach how to use human energies to improve the environment, for we are finally beginning to realize that the corner-stone of education is the develomment of the human personality, and that is in this regard education os of immediate impotance for the salvation of mankind.“ - Dr. Maria Montessori, Education and Peace, p 103