First Advisor

Federico Pérez

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Anthropology and University Honors






Montessori method of education, Kindness -- Study and teaching, Social skills in children, Educational anthropology




This thesis acts as a case study examining the culture of a Montessori school by highlighting major themes from a selection of interviews. The intention is not to measure the amount of diversity in this school, but rather to provide an observation of people's understanding of the concept. It intends to show the limits and contradictions of any schooling project which concerns the structural constraints of the American education system. It reveals an internal "culture of kindness" which is constructed in this school and argues that Montessori education could be amenable to instilling certain values which allow for students to become culturally competent and gracious human beings whatever their background or positionality may be. Moreover, this speaks to how any approach to schooling in the US with the aim of educational reform, must be situated within the specific context of a school's culture and not applied across the board to schools which share a pedagogy or curriculum.


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