Head of School’s Letter

Montessori Model United Nations

Posted by Joanna on March 21, 2019

Imagine being in seventh or eighth grade and taking on the thoughts and perspectives of people living in another part of the world. At this very moment, ASM middle school students are ambassadors along with students from over 100 countries at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference in New York City!

Last fall, our students learned that they would be representing Chile, Dominican Republic and the Kingdom of Cambodia. Each student became a delegate for their assigned country, and was responsible for taking a position on a specific global issue. They began research on topics such as the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in North Korea, protection of the global climate and addressing cybercrime to protect election legitimacy.

Each student wrote a position paper and role-played in preparation to become a Model UN delegate. As such, they debate, negotiate, come to consensus and cast a vote at the United Nations general assembly.

This capstone experience is the culmination of months of work that began in September. This is an amazing learning experience which challenges our students to think deeply and develop realistic positions on current issues affecting our world.

I look forward to the safe return of our students and faculty in the wee hours of Sunday morning!

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