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Blind Social Experiment – I trust you, do you trust me?

Humans are naturally programmed to distrust strangers, especially where touching is concerned. Therefore, one man’s intention to give out hugs to strangers was unique enough to prompt the growing crowd to be suspicious. Warily, they watched as he offered free hugs. Could they trust this stranger and his intentions? Was he just playing a prank? As the first woman approached and hugged the blindfolded man, the crowd’s mixed feelings and reactions dissipated as others followed her lead. Some gave brief hugs; others clung to him as if greeting a long-lost friend. Regardless of the length of touch, giving each other a hug created an environment for the power of connection and trust.

 

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What Children Teach Us About Peace

John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike.
Peace education is a vital component of the Montessori curriculum. The teaching of peace and global citizenship can transform a child’s life and lead them to a more fulfilling world view.