Peace (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Peace (Montessori)

Peace, in the Montessori method, is understood as the development of a universal empathy for all living things. It emphasizes that every living thing has the right to live and function, a principle that humans cannot alter[1].

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that morality cannot be learned vicariously, and it is only through interaction with others and the environment that individuals can truly appreciate and understand natural morality. Montessori’s teaching materials for Fundamental Human Needs stress that although moral codes may be rooted in specific cultural practices, a Universal Morality exists and should be upheld[2].

She advocated for the acknowledgment of our differences by celebrating what we share as humans, co-existing on Earth. Promoting peace and understanding among all humans is a fundamental aspect of Montessori education[3].


Montessori Quotes on Peace

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
— Maria Montessori, “Education and Peace”