Following on from yesterday’s post about mindfulness in schools I came across this Loving Kindness event happening online throughout March. Imagine the effects if every teacher took part!
I am concerned about how every school I work in dishes out detentions, ‘parking’ (removing disruptive children from the classroom), internal and external exclusions. Surely if these sanctions worked pretty much all of them would be well-behaved? I have no quick-fix solution, it’s not easy when you have a class of 30 children all demanding your attention!
I believe there is a way forward though. I was talking to some year 10s today about the retreat I attended at the weekend. They asked me if I found ‘inner peace’. I said I was getting there and I was learning more about myself. One of the ‘liveliest’ boys asked me if I could teach them. He said he would much rather do that than maths. You see they are even asking for it! I have to agree with him, finding inner happiness should take priority over everything. Let’s help them so they are then ready to learn.
I am currently reading ‘The Indigo Children.’ The old education system does not work for today’s pupils. Many of them are restless, they know the truth and it is not being validated for them. I have hope though, even if I can do my little bit for the children I work with and I know of about 4 others doing similar work in schools, the effects will ripple out and eventually all children will be taught mindfulness and meditation from when they start school.
As Gandhi said: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ I am trying, one step at a time.