A religiously diverse school has proven that teachers can instill both personal and social virtues and a desire to excel, and that academic excellence flows from character development. Since its conception 36 years ago, the city Montessori school (CMS), a nonprofit private school in Lucknow, India has been teaching children values. The world's largest school, with 19,000 students and 15 branches, the City Montessori School has provided an exemplary education for students in Kindergarten through the 12th grade by focusing on both academic excellence and children's emotional and spiritual well-being. Four integrated concepts, called the Four Building Blocks, from the basis of our approach: Universal Values (kindness, compassion, cooperation, responsibility, and other such values rooted in the world's religions); Excellence: Global Understanding; and Service. Taken together, these guiding principles promote the education for the whole child, with Universal Values as the first block-foundation-upon which the others are built.
Cottom, Carolyn, "In India/ A Bold Experimental in Teaching Values" (1996). International Service Learning & Community Engagement. 15.