Head of School’s Letter

Promoting Peace Through Education

Posted by Joanna on September 22, 2016

The International Day of Peace, a world-wide day of observation, was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Although traditionally observed on September 21, our community will gather to honor this day at our All School Meeting on Friday morning, September 23. Upper Elementary sixth year students are planning the assembly and all are invited to join us at 8:45 in the American Room.

Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on several occasions during her lifetime. Dr. Montessori actively lobbied for peace education and traveled the world to lecture on the topic. She believed that world peace would be attained through teaching children the value of peace, tolerance and respect for cultural diversity.

Peace education is a visible component of the Montessori curriculum and our classroom communities engage children in the act of living together peacefully.  We, like Dr. Montessori, believe that world peace will be achieved one child at a time.

“Avoiding war is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education.”(Maria Montessori) Dr. Montessori lived through two world wars which no doubt influenced her work. Given that conflict and violence seem ever-present today, the value and importance she placed on peace education is no less relevant. At ASM, we proudly continue Dr. Montessori’s legacy of promoting peace through education and work intentionally to deliver our school’s mission each day.

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