I was going to write a post about peace and happiness that fitted in to the festive season that is approaching. However, I got distracted by this talk, educating the Heart and Mind by Sir Ken Robinson because it is humorous, will make you laugh as well as feel good about what we are doing at ISHCMC. This talk is 48 minutes long so please allow yourself time to listen to his words. I assure you the time will pass quickly In this talk Sir Ken touches on consciousness and our rational mind, feelings and thinking, our inner world and education's obsession with the outer world rather than focusing on what essentially makes us human. His logic encourages us to provide more time and opportunities for our students to engage more with what is inside them. This links beautifully with the affective skills that we are developing through the AtL's and PYP Attitudes. Sir Ken's thinking supports are work on character traits and developing an increased understanding of self and empathy. Sir Ken concludes that there needs to be personalized learning, a central position for the arts and finally the need for mindfulness within education. A move away from impersonal mechanistic school cultures towards one that is more organic and respects our differences as individual beings.
Reflecting back on Sir Ken's talk I have to admit feeling very proud of our alignment with his thinking and that of the educationalists and philosophers that he refers to in his talk. As he ends the talk I had goose bumps thinking that in his advice for education, and how it needs to change, he could have been describing ISHCMC and the journey we are on.
Thanks to all of you for the enlightened path you are treading.
Hope you enjoyed.
Have a safe, happy and relaxing winter break.