We are a small school deeply committed to following the child.
We are mindful to present to the child opportunities with which to understand and build faith in themselves, develop their potentialities, engage in true community life, internalize the inter-connection of all things and self learn, so that they are able to abstract from their greatest teacher, LIFE!
There are many philosophies that strive to do the same thing, albeit with differing practices. We have chosen the montessori philosophy to guide us, and it does so with a greater intuition and science than we could have ever imagined.
This is our world that we live in daily and nightly. Our work occupies our lives. It is what we are and who we are becoming.
But we are surrounded by a sea of perceptions about the child, the adult, education and the roles that all these play, which more often than not, do not align with what we are doing.
… sometimes the two worlds collide … and it can get lonely … very, very lonely.
So, today I have a message for parents who have chosen another way to educate their most precious, important responsibility.
- You have chosen an alternative way to educate your child, because you have seen value in it.
- Notice the difference between fear and love. All of us get fearful of the future and want to live in security. But there is no absolute security and action based on fear, is no action at all.
- Re-visit deeply what world view you wish to present to your child. To quote Krishnamurthy, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
- After you, it is us, who have your child’s best interests at heart.
- We spend hours upon hours observing your child. We make meticulous records of these observations. We have the opportunity to observe and engage with your children, as individuals. We are with them at play and at work. We observe their moods, their struggles and joys. We observe when they have learnt a difficult life lesson or successfully conquered something.
- We have all come together because of a common factor, your child. We are partners striving for the same things.
Not in the service of any political or social creed should the teacher work, but in the service of the complete human being, able to exercise in freedom a self-disciplined will and judgement, unperverted by prejudice and undistorted by fear. ~ Maria Montessori