The Montessori Environment and Peace

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.

Yuriko “Yuri” Ferrell

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.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Since I was very athletic, my undergraduate major was PE. I loved to dance and practice martial arts when I was young, and now I practice Yoga and Tai-Chi for my health.

When I was living in Japan, I was also interested in acting and theater. I graduated from Art Specialized School (Theatrical Performance Department). I was an instructor at a sports club teaching aerobics to adults and swimming for children. I also taught acting at a school for children. I moved to the United States in 1992 and have been working at Mansio Mens Montessori since 1998.

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