In our technological world we have, for the first time, the capability to teach students how to use the strengths and passions of their inner world to make the outer world a better place. This is why the experience of art, music, drama, dance and sports education is essential. It is up to adults to help students make keys for the door of their inner world; to show them how to find the personal energy to address the whyâ€™s and the howâ€™s of todayâ€™s challenges.
I believe it is not enough to judge humankind on scientific principles — which historically have often been temporary truths. Schooling must respect the art of human-ness and so we should design natural learning environments to maximize our childrenâ€™s innate assets.
Iâ€™m thinking more than ever about my kids, who they are as whole children, and what the real worth of the schooling they receive might be. Iâ€™m wondering why we educators, both administration and faculty, donâ€™t send these same kind of notes home all year long. Why arenâ€™t sleep and nutrition and stress reduction equally important the other 171 days of the school year?