The Escuela Moderna Kerewan Kindergarten (EMKK) is modeled on the Escuela Moderna (Modern School) developed by Spanish educational reformer and activist Francisco Ferrer in the first decade of the 20th century and which is more commonly known today as the "Montessori" method of teaching.
Francisco Ferrer was a crusader against illiteracy, monarchy, militarism, and religion, and was executed by the Spanish government on October 13, 1909 for heresy because of his efforts to reform the Spanish schooling system that was then dominated and operated by the Catholic Church. His reforms changed the focus of schooling from rote learning to creative understanding and critical thinking - ideas which the Catholic Church found threatening to its control over the local populace.
As in the original Escuela Moderna, EMKK's curricula is based on natural sciences and rationalism. The School system has no student competition, no marks, no special prizes for the “best”, and no humiliation or corporal punishment of the students. The EMKK is a school where students are taught how to think for themselves. Students will be encouraged to not simply learn facts by rote, but ask "why".
The education and instruction will be guided by the principle of “Solidarity and Equality”. Teachers take into account the spontaneous desire of students to acquire knowledge and permit them to learn at their own pace. The purpose of these principles is not to make obedient citizens, but to mold human beings capable of forming their own rational convictions on every subject.