Charlottesville, Virginia Statement

We would like to share a statement from the co-Presidents of the Montessori for Social Justice Board about the recent terrorists acts that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia:

Montessori for Social Justice is a community of educators and parents committed to anti-bias, anti-racist Montessori education that actively works towards creating a more just and equitable system –  one that guides us towards liberation from systemic, institutionalized racism, and allows each child to reach their full potential. Montessori for Social Justice condemns the actions of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others who uphold their values and call, nor do we condone the actions of this nation’s current president and his administration.  

To the loved ones of those who lost their lives during the Charlottesville atrocities: we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences; to those of you who were injured and brutally attacked: our thoughts are with you.

Montessori for Social Justice will continue to work to end racial oppression for our students, families, and every member in our community – and ever-strive for justice, equity, and peace.

 

There are many resources we can use to support our Montessori classroom communities; below you will find a few:

The Social Justice Book List

The #Charlottesville Curriculum

Teaching Tolerance

Curriculum for White Educators Themselves on Race and Racism

 

Also, if you haven’t already, please read this statement from City Garden Montessori in St. Louis, Missouri.  It also has a thorough and thoughtfully curated list of resources. We encourage and urge all Heads of Schools and Montessori organizations to take a stance against racism and adopt an anti-bias anti-racist vision and mission for your schools.

In Solidarity,

Althea and Tiffany

Montessori for Social Justice co-Presidents

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