Sunday, 5 April 2009

Education lifting off

In the run up to Easter it seems appropriate to post some links to a couple of websites that symbolise something about new and bright beginnings.

They are The Hawn Foundation and the Rainbow Kids Integral School. These projects offer an enlightened approach to education through integrating elements that aid a healthy psychological state. Both teachers and students are encouraged in practises that develop qualities such as mindfulness and gratitude.

They have had good results in terms of social skills and learning outcomes that have not gone unnoticed by mainstream education systems. A colleague of mine, a teacher and lecturer in the UK's further education sector told me yesterday that spirituality in education is the current "hot topic" in educational circles in England.

This is good news and could be an exciting prospect for both teachers and students: the promise of a new start - maybe the opening of a door onto a brave new world.