“Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.” – Abraham Lincoln
June 30th, 2022
By: Jennifer Nelson
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As an independent educator, I have worked with many students who needed reminders of their brilliance. I have taught students who were very self-critical, or they had anxiety about engaging with academic materials because they had been criticized or embarrassed in some way in the classroom. I’ve even worked with students who had to leave the traditional school system because of this.
It is my belief that when educational decisions are made, there is also a need to see the big picture in terms of how societal systems of control are interconnected, which leads to people feeling powerless, which leads to a loss of self-esteem, which can lead to self-harm tendencies. For my master’s research project I wanted to explore if children could be taught to validate themselves so that external comments would not hold as much power over them.
My question was what would happen if students were taught that their own self-worth, self-respect, and self-esteem shouldn’t be based on their grades, or how they are evaluated others? The results showed that that children can empower themselves to feel more confident.
You can read the full paper here.
The intent of this newsletter is to increase awareness of available educational options in order to encourage environments where students can align to their true gifts and talents.
When people are aligned to their true nature and in touch with their loving hearts, they are able to co-create a harmonious world.
Remember to love yourself and to always follow your inner guidance. Therefore, take what resonates and discard the rest.
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