August 28, 2016
Dear MSLF Community,
As I have absorbed this summer’s steady stream of dismaying news stories, I have also reflected on how much I appreciate the strong-mindedness that unifies our Montessori community. I know for sure that we do not all agree politically or morally or religiously, or about climate change. We don’t even all agree about grammar! But we do agree that it is our common and crucial responsibility to think for ourselves, to act on our values, and to teach our children to do so for themselves.
To “walk our talk” on behalf of conscience and our children is to live the tenets of a Montessori education. Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” While few of us adults benefited from a Montessori education ourselves, we live Montessori principles with our children every time we act to support the healthy development of their brain, body, and character. This takes self-discipline on our part, but it is and will be easy for our children!
We cannot promise our Montessori children that they will avoid problems as they grow up into the world. But we can promise them that they will be equipped to face and resolve problems as we try to do: with honesty, compassion, determination, and courage. And because we are providing them with a Montessori education, at school and at home, they will be adaptable people who respond to change constructively, because their characters will be well trained, they will understand society, and they will know how to learn.
For 50 years, MSLF has engaged children and their families in “the love of learning.” Whatever this year brings to the world, we will bring it more of this vital engagement that is at the heart of the Montessori School of Lake Forest community. Thank you for being a member of this wonderful community.
I wish you an excellent 2016-2017 school year, and I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!