The Global Citizen
Dr. Montessori’s vision for education was to build a more peaceful international community of young people who grow up with a global understanding, the capacity to feel empathy and concern for all who share the earth with us, and the tools to vote, innovate, and create great enterprises, but also to do so in ways that value humankind’s differences that make us endlessly interesting. This, she wrote in The Absorbent Mind, was the bright new hope for mankind.
Permeating our philosophy are the basic principles of grace and courtesy, peace education, and nonviolent conflict resolution. These extend outward in the Children’s House as the youngest of our communities learn to take responsibility for the everyday life of their classroom and school, and become increasingly independent and responsible. Then, it matures as children begin to appreciate the greater narrative of the story of all life on earth, our intrinsic connection with the environment, and the great building blocks of society and human culture. This understanding leads us to realise that our needs are universal, our lives are intertwined and interdependent, and that there are better ways to build relationships, from the small societies of children to companies, governments, and relations among nations, that are founded upon mutual respect, understanding, and a commitment to celebrate the very best of humanity.
In this keynote presentation, Tim Seldin reveals how the microcosm of the Montessori environment creates global citizens, innovators, and problem solvers, who will have the capacity to truly transform the world of tomorrow.