I’m sure most of us are upset about the events in Paris and Beirut. With Remembrance Day last week and with the refugee crises around the world, I have lately been thinking, more than usual, about Peace in our time.
Friday in the library we welcomed a group of parents who are considering Montessori at Maple Grove for their children. Mrs Greyhurst spoke powerfully and eloquently about Dr. Montessori’s methods. But the thing that struck me then and has stayed with me over the weekend is her statement that “Montessori is about Peace”.
It’s something that I don’t often think about because I am absorbed in the minutia of life (both school and beyond).
Montessori is about Peace.
Dr Montessori established her first school in 1907 and then lived through the Spanish civil war and two world wars. She believed that establishing and emphasizing our interconnectedness to children would lead to adults to whom war was abhorrent. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times.
“The Science of Peace, were it to become a special discipline, would be the most noble of all, for the very life of humanity depends on it. So, also perhaps, does the question of whether our entire civilization evolves or disappears.”
Perhaps I am naive or hopelessly optimistic but in these times I have to believe that our children being educated in this way can make a difference. That peace one day will be contagious.
**Gandhi and Dr. Montessori met in 1931 and corresponded thereafter. He was invited by her to speak at her training college in London in October 1931.