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.
Dr. Paul Epstein
Guiding noble children: celebrations!
Do you think of yourself as a global citizen? I do, but perhaps I am not, according to current media which depicts global citizens who are responsible for the impact of their actions on the world. They say global citizens study the cultures and histories of others, reduce their carbon footprints, and engage in cooperative, transnational efforts to stop poverty, disease, extinction, starvation, violence, war, climate change, wealth inequality, and gender inequality.
These are necessary, urgent activities, and there are others too. Yet I believe we are truly global citizens because we guide noble Montessori children who are respectful, caring, and cheerful. We lead noble children who have a deep love for learning and an insatiable desire to make a difference. In the words of one noble Montessori student: “We are taught to ask the question, how can I make the world a better place? The Montessori curriculum teaches a higher purpose …. The Montessori curriculum has taught me to strive to do noble works.”
During this keynote conversation, Paul Epstein celebrates our privileged work in shaping global citizens, along with the achievements of some incredibly noble and global Montessori children. Together, we are making the world a better place!