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.
—Maria Montessori, 1932
It is truly eye-opening after completing my Montessori teaching education. Having seen the Montessori approach, I strive to make my life more peaceful so that I can pass on this Montessori philosophy.
As a Montessori educator, I must have respect for myself, respect for others, and respect for the environment, as well as responsibility for my actions and words.
The essentials for peace education are inherent in every level of the Montessori curriculum.
From an early age, children can develop a sense of fairness and unfairness, of justice and injustice. Children can be helped to understand that violent solutions carry harmful consequences and that problem solving leads to friendship and community.
Children have possibilities and potential in many different ways. Their humanity will rise up in all its creativity, wisdom, beauty, love, and kindness. When we teach towards the spirit of the child and educate young hearts and minds for peace. A child can, in fact, concentrate for an extended period of time, love silence, appreciate simple beauty, be joyful and full of wonder, and appear to experience inner peace.
Children easily pick up on hypocrisy around them. If we teach peace in our classroom, we must strive for peace in our lives, in our home, and our workplace. We are the models of peace. We are teaching and nourishing the peace keepers of the future.
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