As this school year draws near the end, we at MMM reflect upon our students and their journeys, individual and collective, academic and personal. We remind ourselves that our young people are not only students engaged in academic learning, but social/emotional beings developing into adults, gaining maturity as they move through their middle school years with us. How will these journeys serve those transitioning to high school?
Laurie Ewert-Krocker (faculty at Hershey Montessori’s Adolescent Program), suggests this:
We find that graduates of Montessori programs worldwide share similar characteristics, suggesting that Montessori truly is a universal approach that supports human development, not just cultural value systems.
What do [we see]?
- An awareness of one’s own needs and a sense of one’s potential
- An awareness of the needs of others
- A willingness to work hard and take on challenges for the good of the community
- An expectation that work is necessary and noble, and that life can be difficult without being disappointing
- A willingness to consider different points of view
- An ability and willingness to problem-solve; a penchant for creative thinking
- Healthy emotional independence (healthy independence from parents, healthy independence in the context of peer relationships)
- Healthy emotional attachments
- The ability to love others—both personally and in the abstract love of humankind
- The ability to see joy in the world and good in others, despite hardship
- An awareness of the nature of humans beings and of humanity’s history—good and bad
- A sense that everyone has a role to play in the human story
- An awareness of the conditions and circumstances created by one’s time and culture
- Healthy economic responsibility
- A desire to contribute positively to society and to work toward positive change
- A respect for and understanding of the natural world
- An ability to maintain faith in the human endeavor and in the human potential for cooperation and peace, despite knowledge of atrocities and struggle
If you want to see and hear the voices of these students who will be moving on to high school, please join us at the MMM graduation on Wednesday, June 11th, 1:30 pm in the Childpeace play room.
Nancy Coronado, Assistant Program Director
Childpeace Montessori School