RESOLUTION NO. RS2007-1729

A resolution recognizing the contributions of Nashville's Montessori Schools, and designating February 2007 as Montessori Month in the City of Nashville.

WHEREAS, Dr. Maria Montessori, a native of Italy whose observations of children and of their development led her to design what has come to be known as the Montessori Method of education, provided to the world a great departure from the educational philosophies of the early twentieth century and instituted a movement that has spanned the globe and continues today to influence educational practices throughout Tennessee, the United States, and the World; and

WHEREAS, a system for the education of children from birth through secondary schools, the Montessori program focuses upon providing materials, techniques and experiences that support the learners' natural development and encourages children to "learn how to learn," to gain independence and self-confidence, and to promote the principles of peace and responsible world citizenship; and

WHEREAS, the Montessori Method is based upon thoughtful observation of individual children and includes developmental teaching, one-to-one lessons, and the promotion of respect among the children and peace to humankind; and

WHEREAS, Montessorians around the world will gather in February of 2007 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first Montessori School ; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize the immeasurable contributions of Nashville 's Montessori Schools, and congratulate all Montessorians upon 100th Anniversary of the first Montessori School .

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY :

Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as recognizing our city's many Montessori schools as valuable educational resources in their communities. Further, the Council pays tribute to the long and distinguished history of the Montessori Method and to the teachers, both past and present, who have contributed immeasurably to the education of our citizens.

Section 2. Further, the Council designates the Month of February 2007 as Montessori Month in the City of Nashville , and the people of this City are urged to take note of such month and to participate fittingly in its observance.

Section 3. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to representatives of Nashville 's Montessori Schools.

Section 4. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Diane Neighbors, Erik Cole

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Referred:

Education Committee 

Introduced:

January 16, 2007

Adopted:

January 16, 2007

Approved:

January 17, 2007 

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