"Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can only be brought about by humanity through the child" - Maria Montessori
MCH's Committment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice
Message to Our Community: June 3, 2020
Montessori Children’s House stands for peace and justice, and we are devastated by the injustices that continue to plague our local, national and global communities. In our mission statement, we channel our drive to support our students through nature AND nurture. Now is the time for nurture, as we begin a deep and powerful conversation about the racism and social injustices ingrained into the events of these past days.
In our Portrait of a Graduate, we define what we hope our graduates will be once they move on from MCH. Three of these qualities ring truer now than ever before:
- “They see themselves as contributing members of their local and global community, and they use their strengths and passions to make a difference in the world.”
- “Their developing sense of respect and empathy empowers them to become true advocates for others, themselves, and the world around them.”
- “They welcome diversity and value differences by pursuing connections with others in meaningful ways with genuine acceptance.”
As a community that values diversity, inclusivity and equity, we invite you to join us in not only fighting racism, but in creating a world that is actively anti-racist. It starts with our students - your children - and together we will stand up to hatred, bigotry and ugliness of every kind in our community and beyond.
Thank you for joining us on this important journey. It will not end until justice is freely available to every human being in this world.
Below you will find some resources shared with us by one of our amazing Elementary parents that we hope you will explore and use as a guide to help you navigate the conversations you have with your children. We will also be building out this website space with more resources on Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias and Social Justice work. Please keep revisiting!
Books For Littles
Looking at Skin Color with Books and Activities
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education: An Interview with Dr. Howard Stevenson – Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
Teaching for Change – Teaching About Race
Washington Post – We Need More White Parents to Talk to Their Kids About Race- Especially Now
Tolerance – Beyond the Golden Rule
National Association for the Education of Young Children –“Embracing Anti-Bias Education”
Obama issues response to George Floyd.
Youth Activist speech in Minneapolis protest
Social Justice Resources