Montessori peace

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As a lifelong city of Pittsburgh resident and Post-Gazette print subscriber, I often find Rob Rogers’ tales of our boy mayor quite amusing. However, as a Montessori educator, I am compelled to correct the mistaken impression of Montessori presented in the Dec. 11 “Brewed on Grant.”

I do not know the educational history of any political figure, but Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (as portrayed in the pages of the PG) would not have attended any Montessori school I am familiar with.

Rather than impolite terms, in Montessori we learn appropriate vocabulary within an integrated curriculum.

In Montessori, we never play the blame game. Students use the Peace Rose to facilitate conflict resolution. Our three-year cycle allows for the presence of kindergarten students who serve as leaders, helpers and good examples for the younger ones.

And lastly, violent and aggressive acts are unacceptable and certainly not taught. Dr. Maria Montessori teaches us that “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education.” Children work on many activities from the Peace shelf where they learn about kindness and cooperation. Their love lights shine brightly.

I invite Mr. Rogers to visit an authentic Montessori classroom. There he will find an established, engaging and peaceful learning environment.

STEPHANIE CONRAD

Knoxville


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