Sharing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech with the children in my class is something that I do every year.
And every year, when I hear the power of his words and conviction of voice, it brings me to tears.
These children, who are developmentally smack in the middle of the age of "fairness", find it incredible that not very long ago people had separate drinking fountains, bathrooms, schools. Why? That's not fair. Why couldn't they sit anywhere on the bus? That's not fair.
No, it's not.
Teaching and practicing tolerance, global citizenry, and awareness of the greater whole is something that Montessori education does well. My class, a micro-society in practice, is fully aware that we cannot stand alone.
The future that I'm preparing these children for is one that goes beyond the scope of my technical imagination. But I do know (at the heart of it all) that human relationships will continue to matter.
No, we cannot stand alone.
And we shouldn't.