Head of School’s Letter

Montessori Model United Nations

Posted by Joanna on March 30, 2017

Imagine being in seventh or eighth grade and taking on the thoughts and perspective of people living in another part of the world. Every other year, ASM middle school students become ambassadors along with students from over 100 countries at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) conference held in New York City.

Last fall, our students learned that they would be representing India and Myanmar and began researching those countries. A delegate for either India or Myanmar, each student was responsible for taking a position on a specific global issue. Topics included nuclear disarmament, international terrorism, the weaponization of outer space and women’s and children’s rights, to name a few. 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 was 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. On behalf of the middle school students, I invite you to hear about their trip first-hand this Friday, March 31 at 8:45 a.m. at the All School Meeting.

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