We’re either worldly or we’re educated, but it’s very hard to be both. It’s a conclusion I reached some years ago. Students aren’t encouraged to hone their own skills, or think for themselves. School is subjective, not objective.
You’re there to learn facts, which can’t always be applied in everyday life. School doesn’t encourage debate. Students are moulded, but if you don’t fit in socially or academically, you tend not to fit in.
Spirituality applied through education is a way forward. It’s a belief system that shapes our whole thought process through experiences and practices that create a way of shaping and knowing, which allows the individual to live their life and has nothing to do with religious rituals, doctrine or traditions. Spirituality is based solely on a person’s emotional growth.
Emotional growth encourages independent thinking and independent thinking encourages us to learn, so that we get the best out of school and so that school brings the best out in us. From my own experiences of school, school generally doesn’t encourage expression unless what the student is expressing is part of the curriculum and is what school can use or can work with.
There may be a one teacher exception to this rule, one teacher that encourages us to think independently. It has been said. If students’ emotional, social and spiritual skills were incorporated into school life, they would generally speaking become more rounded individuals. Unfortunately, being told what to learn and how to learn doesn’t encourage emotional growth or free-thinking.
I believe it’s our spiritual and emotional growth that helps us adapt, so that when we leave school we become more worldly and more balanced individuals.