Gandhi, Montessori, and What It Means To Begin With the Children

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If you work in education you might have seen it on a refrigerator magnet or read it on a poster; or maybe you’ve heard it quoted in a talk. Lately you might have encountered it as an Internet meme. It being Gandhi’s claim that “if we are to reach real peace in this world..., we shall have to begin with children.” But what did Gandhi mean by that? What kind of education of youth would lead to peace, in his view? This September 2016 essay by the Center's Mitch Bogen looks at how Gandhi was inspired by Montessori education, how the Montessori method functions as peace education, and the implications of of Gandhi's conviction for today's educational environment.


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