“If we are to have peace on earth… our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While I remember Dr. King today and reflect on his legacy, Dr. Montessori’s approach towards cultural studies rings more and more true; and necessary.
As a student in public school, I recall being in third grade when I was first introduced to these giant masses of land known as “continents”. Prior to those initial lessons, I was just a 9-year-old who thought little about the world beyond my hometown, home state, and the U.S.A. When I was doing my Montessori training, I remember being stunned by the idea of introducing these concepts to children as young as three; making them aware that they are a smaller part of a greater world.
We understand, according to child development theorists, that children in this early childhood age range are egocentric by nature. So what more humbling experience can we engage them in than to introduce to them the world at large? We delve into detailed continent studies, inspiring not just mere respect and acceptance of other people, cultures and ways of life different than ours, but a genuine sense of awe and wonder. The more we understand each other, the more we will love. Education alone will pave the way to peace, and it starts from birth. ♥️ 🙏🏼 ☮️ 🌏 #montessori4all