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Teaching For Peace
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|Promoting & Supporting Maria Montessori's
Vision, Philosophy, and Pedagogy as the
Transformative Agent for
Revealing the Potential of the Child
and Creating a Peace-Based Society.
|Montessori's Vision For Humanity
During the 1930’s against the backdrop of an
impending world war, Maria Montessori delivered a
series of prophetic lectures in Europe that
chronicled her growing understanding and beliefs
about war, peace, and a new way of being in the
world. Her call was deliberate, passionate, and
unapologetic: humankind must find a higher level of
existence in which unity, harmony, and love are the
cornerstones of the individual and society,
originating from a childhood environment that
fosters spiritual growth and leads to realized
On this point she rested all of her efforts:
We change the world by changing how
we educate children.
The hope for a new world
lies with the child.
The Big Questions Are:
Click here to learn how Montessori's
philosophy and method work:
Explaining the Extraordinary
Montessori made a profound discovery: the child was
capable of much more than anyone, including herself,
had suspected. She was astounded! In the beginning,
she was a disbeliever; the findings were too unexpected
and radically unlike anything she had read about or
She was indeed an academic and practitioner of scientific
leanings, a skeptic at heart. It was a spiritual and
scientific revelation which confronted Montessori in the
early 1900’s. She was shocked. This was far beyond her
wildest expectations, and when she was finally able to
accept the truth, she was amazed and inspired. The little
children loved to work, had a passion for it, in fact; they
could concentrate for extended periods of time, loved
silence, appreciated simple beauty, were joyful, full of
wonder, and appeared to experience inner peace.
This realization was akin to a spiritual awakening in
Montessori to the true nature of the child, and from that
day forward she looked upon the child with awe and
respect. A secret, a special knowing had been revealed
to her which would guide her work for the rest of her life
and cause her to become the most respected and
passionate advocate the world has ever known for the
rights of children.
|This I Believe
That the path to peace leads directly through the early childhood & elementary classroom,
That we change the world when we change how we think about and educate children, and
That hidden possibilities and potential will awaken and humanity will rise up in all its
Creativity, wisdom, beauty, love, and kindness, when we
Teach to the spirit of the child and educate young hearts and minds for peace.
Education for A New World
"Constructive education for peace –it must aim to reform
humanity so as to permit the inner development of human
personality and to develop a more conscious vision of the
mission of mankind."
Visionary, Humanitarian, & History's
Greatest Advocate for Children &
The Human Potential