Magazine article Montessori Life

LETTERS FROM the Editors

Magazine article Montessori Life

LETTERS FROM the Editors

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Peace and Education (first published in 1943) is a clear and moving explication of Montessori's scientific and emotional response to the subject of war and peace: "How strange it is,.. .there exists no science of peace, no science with an outward development comparable at least with the development of the science of war in the matter of armaments and strategy" (p. 1). She employs analogies to "the burning down of a palace filled with works of art and other treasures" and to a person dying of an illness, comparing the peace achieved with death to "what is called health"(p. 6). Ever the physician and scientist, she suggests we are deceived by the employment of the term "peace" to mean the end of hostilities and "an adaptation. between the victors and the vanquished" (p. 6). "True peace, on the contrary, suggests the triumph of justice and love among men; it reveals the existence of a better world wherein harmony reigns" (p.7).

Montessori refers to life "in a state of ethical chaos" as the moral conflict between honoring scientists who save lives and the honors given to those who discover "new means of destruction" (p. …

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