Trip of a Lifetime
“Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”
This quote that often pops up in teacher education classes is truly the backbone of Montessori education. And what better topic to involve students in than the future of our world peace?
Lakewood Montessori Middle School has been offered a place at the Montessori United Nations Conference held in New York City. This conference even includes a trip to the U.N. headquarters and face-to-face meetings with several U.N. ambassadors.
While there, six students will represent the country of The Republic of Vietnam in discussions regarding nuclear disarmament, child refugees, and even the situation in Ukraine.
These students have done months of research and fundraising, and will present their proposals along with other middle school students from around the world. Using the persona of their country, they will tackle the same issues the United Nations tackles. Creatively and professionally, countries will discuss real-world solutions. There isn’t a more perfect definition of “involve me and I’ll understand.”
The only aspect holding these six bright students back is funding. We are still in need of money before our trip at the end of March. If you’d like to donate to help involve worthy students in an even more worthy cause, please send a check to Lakewood Montessori Middle School in Durham. In return, we’d love to send you a picture of us at the United Nations Headquarters to thank you for your support.
Our sincerest thanks.
Sara Riek and the MMUN Team
Lakewood Montessori Middle School
Our wake-up call
Last month the state issued report cards for all of its schools. DPS did not fare well with close to 54 percent of its schools earning D and below. DPS school board Vice Chairwoman Minnie Forte-Brown stated in The Herald-Sun that “Durham residents (were) astute enough to see through the political agenda associated with the grading system.”
Political agenda? What’s wrong with having some accountability to see where are schools are and propose solutions? Our students receive letter grades at school, and we understand the difference between an A and an F.
One of Gov. McCrory’s goals was to provide transparency to parents and community leaders to the state of our education by issuing letter grades. Its goal was to provide a snapshot to the efficacy of our schools. I do wish the formula placed a greater emphasis on yearly growth instead of test scores and perhaps in the future it will. Forte-Brown’s claim of a political agenda merits whether we want a system that wants “pushing” students through the system versus providing a quality education coupled with opportunities for school choice.
Every student in DPS deserves a quality education. Most of our great teachers provide that, but some are just wading in the water – because they can. The school that I teach at, Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, earned an A on its report card. However, our school is not a perfect school and can improve. I challenge every DPS parent to look at the data and compare schools – apples to apples – and inquire what is going in each school. The school report cards are not political agenda but a wake-up call to internal policies that are not profiting our children the education they deserve.