Teachers’ Day 2011:”Children practice peace” by Susan Cohn

Susan Cohn teaches at Brush Creek Montessori Middle School, Santa Rosa, California 

Last year, our middle school students went to Washington, DC on a “Close Up” tour with other middle school children from public and private schools (not Montessori.) They spent five days in discussion groups, with issues relating to our government…a difficult topic for a lot of the children from other schools who had come unprepared. I watched as our students took those children “under their wing” and helped them to understand and contribute to the discussion group. They did it without judgement and with a considerable amount of patience. By the third day, they were sought out by the other children and adults to lead the groups.

We Montessorians should be very proud of our education for peace. It reaches out to all children now and to the adults they will become.

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