“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Desiderata

Our job is to help the adolescent see her role in history, to see that she has a role in history, to cultivate her faith in the potential goodness -– greatness -– of humanity, and to cultivate a sense of gratitude for all that humans have contributed to our lives so far.” – Laurie Ewert-Krocker, NAMTA Seminar on the Montessori Adolescent, Cleveland, OH July 16-August 3, 2001.

What matters most to her development right now is faith in her species, faith in her culture, and faith in herself and her ability to contribute something worthwhile to her community. If she can believe that humans of the past contributed something worthwhile, then she can believe in the potential of the future –- and she might feel that she has something unique and special to contribute herself. Because, in the end, if we agree with Montessori, faith in the potential of humanity and faith in one’s ability to contribute something unique and individual promotes greater tolerance, greater solidarity.” – Laurie Ewert-Krocker

Students will learn about a diversity of cultures and to respect differences and contributions they have made to history and culture that we experience today. But rather than cynicism, students will take a hopeful approach to return humans back on the path of human solidarity and peace.


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