A Montessori school can be an empowering community center where hearts and minds meet, are strengthened, and challenged to do more. It is the bridge between a child’s family and culture, and one’s society and the greater world.
There - children, parents, faculty and staff work together to build a new foundation for rich and conscious living.
The blessing and challenge of charter Montessori schools is that many of our families come in search of something that’s different and better for their child. What they don’t realize, and what we often fail to articulate in both publicity and practice, is that to come to a Montessori school is to embrace a life-changing, and affirming, shift in being.
To send your child to a Montessori school is to accept it as a place for deep rethinking of how we live our lives.
Charter Montessori schools, too, can become so overwhelmed with doing justice to both state standards and the Montessori approach and curricula that neither is accomplished well. And so goes the reputation of what is “Montessori”.
In an attempt to appear just as good as conventional public schools we dilute the power and potency of what we can offer.
We tend to apologize for how we’re different, instead of celebrating what we’re doing.
For charter Montessori schools to move ahead, we need a fundamental re-centering of who we are.
With every day we are consciously moving forward to that place of deeper understanding – where our souls and our outward lives meet. As members of a Montessori community we help knit the fabric that holds our society together; and more: we have the potential to remake the very yarn we use.
Let us make our words and actions so meaningful and resonant that the hearts and minds of our families can find their centers in our schools.
Change begins with each of us, every day.