Education for the World We Want (part 2)

The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. Stated simply, today’s children will become tomorrow’s citizens, workers, and parents.

When we invest wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. When we fail to provide children with what they need to build a strong foundation for healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk.

“The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap of What we Know and What we do” National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University from the opening paragraph in the Executive Summary.

The aim of education is to develop productive and responsible citizens. Starting from the first impressions of the world that we absorb as infants, through the formal education years and later into establishing our careers, learning that is focused on the goal of responsible citizenship improves the state of the world. Perhaps all the world problems may be traced back to education that misses this goal. Continue reading

Education for the World We Want (Part 1)

How does a society that teaches preschoolers to play well, share toys and not hit raise highly educated leaders to justify revenge, invade countries and develop weapons to kill?

In countries such as the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom, education is highly valued and the golden rules of virtues are spoken to children. Still, these nations are often seen involved in power-plays, violence and wars. Although their involvement is taken as a protective role against aggressors, leadership justifies violating the lessons we try to teach our children. Somehow education falls short of facilitating higher methods of resolving conflict above violence.

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The People Factor by Van Moody Book Review

As there are certain laws of physics, like gravity, there are fundamental principles of relationships. This is the premise of The People Factor by Pastor Van Moody. Moody reveals the elements of relationship dynamics in a clear, simple manner. Using common experiences and biblical stories, Moody extracts the wisdom of “doing relationships right,” making the book an easy read. Then he empowers you to access these principles in all areas of relationships: marriages, work, friendships, etc. by ending each chapter with key reminder statements and relationship IQ questions.
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Collaboration Facilitates Moments, Movements and Miracles

WOMAN BOARDROOM

When 50 percent of humanity is neglected, mankind is endangered.

Women and men got together at the California Women’s Conference 2014 to engage in higher levels of partnerships as they address multiple problems plaguing the world. A two-day conference with 10,000 attendees may seem insignificant against the 45 million people displaced due to wars, 101 million children without education, and one billion women assaulted in the world. Perhaps these enormous problems derive from historically neglecting the female side of humanity. The Women’s Conference may be the moments to inspire movements that could prove to resolve many issues.

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Do You Have Inner Gender Bias?

You want to be respected and seen for who you are, yet you find yourself cornered into gender roles. What lies behind this contradiction? Somehow, beneath your conscious thinking, your brain is processing many more thoughts than you are aware of. Some of those notions are false perceptions that limit your genuine expression. Getting beyond what psychologists call cognitive bias requires taking a fresh look at yourself and the world, like a child observing things for the first time. Gender imbalance comes from your interpretation of aspects within yourself. Those misconceptions manifest outwardly into gender bias. For sustainable deep changes in society, as individuals, we must first recognize and correct our inner thought distortions. Continue reading

REPORT: LiTPEACE Program in Finland

As more and more communities are questioning the effectiveness of their educational programs, LiTPEACE, Life Transformation through Peace Education and Children’s Empowerment, is focusing on the early childhood education as the foundation for a lifetime.

Based on holistic fundamental education, including physical, mental, emotional and social development, the LiTPEACE program consists of games for children and education for their adults. Children naturally learn through playing games. Using knowledge from experts in child development, pediatric therapies and education techniques, the games were mindfully developed. The children just have fun playing the games. The adults are given insight to the learning behind the games so that they can guide the children most effectively to bring forth their full potential. Continue reading

Preschool Problems in an Adult World

Sam is playing with his blocks and dinosaurs. Jonny comes to takes over Sam’s toys. Sam complains, “Stop! Leave my things alone.” Jonny continues moving wooden and plastic figures, disturbing Sam’s construction. Sam whimpers protests. The nursery school teacher tells Jonny to respect Sam’s creation. Jonny responds, “I’m just playing. Sam asked me to come play with him.” Sam winces as Jonny shifts blocks and toys into a new configuration. The teacher sees that Jonny is invading upon Sam’s creative endeavor, but doesn’t know how to fashion justice in the situation. Finally the teacher says, “Sam, do you want Jonny to play with you and change what you’ve been building?” After his design has now been totally altered, Sam says, “Yes I want Jonny to play with me.” Frustrated by his inability to control the situation earlier, the teacher says, “Jonny you have a time out in the corner where no one can play with you!”  Continue reading

One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, MD

In my journey for new perspectives on meaningfulness, I discovered a newly published book, One Mind. At last, the iron curtain between science and spirituality is coming down as we look beyond theory and theology to honestly observing life on the inside and out.

Reading this book gave me a sense of relief. Anyone who has had any unexplained experience should find One Mind both fascinating and comforting. The well researched book explores many areas of conscious being including group behavior, sixth sense and near death experiences. Even before my research revealed that the author, Larry Dossey, MD is known as a reliable medical doctor who dares to erase the boundaries between science and spirituality while fully respecting both, I respected his honest openness and intellect. One Mind is Dossey’s ninth book exploring dimensions of the mind-body-spirit dynamic, and is an exploration of harmonious life energy, which is often referred to by many names such as God, Allah, Buddha, Source, and Higher Mind. Continue reading

Unconscious Lessons Call for Mindful Education

Children learn, listen and reflect who we are.

While waiting for his mother to finish talking to a saleswoman, a 3-year-old boy puts his hands on his hips, grunts, and boldly barks, “This woman drives me crazy!” Shocked, the adults laugh. Perhaps this behavior seems cute. Yet, subtle messages of gender disrespect cause harm to individuals and can manifest havoc in the world. Gender, race or any other factor that suppresses a group contributes to dysfunction in society. Continue reading