Maria Montessori said that peace does not come about by trying to change adults, but rather by looking closely at the way children develop and providing them with the right environment for each stage in their development. She wrote: "We must take man himself, take him with patience and confidence, across all the planes of education. We must put everything before him, the school, culture, religion, the world itself. We must help him to develop within himself that which will make him capable of understanding. It is not merely words; it is a labor of education. This will be a preparation for peace, for peace cannot exist without justice and without men endowed with a strong conscience and personality.”
Dr. Montessori observed that humans universally develop in different ways at different times in their life. The changes which guide development are so drastic that, she said, it is almost like “a series of rebirths.” Dr. Montessori created a framework of development consisting of four planes which are each six years long. In this scheme, a child has specific attributes which contribute to the developmental goal of each plane being entirely different. The child's environment must change to meet these developmental goals. If these goals are met, the child will thrive.
Austin Montessori School provides an integrated, inclusive, highly personalized educational environment for children from infancy to 15 years of age. As children move from one plane of development to the next, they transition into classroom environments prepared according to the attributes governing each plane.