To Educate the Human Potential
Dr. Montessori’s To Educate the Human Potential was first published in 1948. Imagine the experience of a world war as a frame of reference for this strong message. Montessori’s belief that education is essential to peace is as relevant today as it ever was. Those who struggle for human and civil rights around the globe would likely agree. Montessori strongly advocated that educators play a very important role in guiding future generations toward peace. The early part of the new year turns the focus on international leaders in civil and human rights.
Studying Civil Rights in Montessori Elementary Classrooms
In a 2008 broadcast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the late Professor John Hope Franklin talks about the civil rights movement today. He states that although we have become accustomed to it, and that we do not have one particular person who is the face of civil rights movement such as Dr. King, there are many organizations existing today that subsist under the general title of “civil rights”.
With your elementary Montessori students, explore and discuss the definition of civil rights, historical events related to civil rights, and organizations today that work for civil rights, both at home and abroad. Study your country’s constitution as it relates to civil rights (e.g. US Constitution, Amendments 13, 14, 15 and 19).
Some helpful links:
- The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- U.S. Constitution Online
- Answers.com: Civil Rights Movement
- Nobel Peace Prize
This is a great springboard to further historical, cultural and peace education projects and studies.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.