The way in which we raise and teach our children is the single most important factor that will change the trajectory of humanity
”People of all ages can learn virtually anything if allowed to do it through their own unique styles, their own personal strengths”…Prashing
The way in which we raise our children and the manner in which we educate our children, has the potential to transform our world.
The 21st century comes with its unique set of challenges for parents, teachers and learners. Performance measures, benchmarking, timelines, quota intakes, social pressures and the issues around ‘instant results’ create a real scenario of intense pressure for the learning community. An overt focus on the 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) continues to dominate our education system. mainstream education is centered around developing the intellect – analyse, crtique, dissect and accumulate. There is very little attention to intelligence – the deeper forms of understanding, awareness and mindfulness. Purely cognitive-based and standardized education has eroded the true spirit and goal of learning. It is no wonder that emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties are on the increase and children and young adults have become disengaged from the current education system, as it is designed to serve a mass production line with a cookie-cutter approach.
Another cause for concern within the education system is the focus on deficits, disorders and dysfunctions. A system which labels and pigeon-holes children is an obsolete one. Labels lead to ”pathologizing” our children and then medicating them, in most cases, to control or subdue their behaviour. Is this how we nurture and empower our children? Are we aware that our education systems, globally, continue to marginalise emotional and social learning?
A ground-breaking study by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, (Project Zero) discovered an interesting phenomenon termed ”The Genius Dip”. Research indicated that virtually all children born up to the age of 4 had genius capabilities, but this begins to drop as they get older and by the age of 20 and above only 2% of the population retain their genius capabilities.
This is a serious concern. Knowing that a child spends most of their time at school from the ages of 4 to approximately 18/19 years, means that something is outrageously wrong with the way in which we are teaching our children.
The need for emotional and social literacy has never been stronger., With the rise of technology and screen time, our children have become digitally competent, but emotionally and socially bankrupt. We as parents and caregivers continue to teach them to know their external worlds in depth. But what about their inner world? Why do we not teach them the pure intelligence of the human mechanism, the sheer genius of how over a trillion cells within the human body, communicate with each other effortlessly, the power of a healthy mindset, the benefits of emotional self-regulation and the infinite treasure-trove of inner awareness?
The time for change is now…
Conscious Classrooms is about re-awakening the genius within each child, supporting the well-being of teachers and building a platform of resources for parents. The intention is to restore the natural enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder of the teaching and learning process. To build an integrated learning community infused with love, compassion, kindness and care. To encourage collaboration, sharing and caring for one another. To inspire joyful learning. To restore the true nature of humanity.
And all of this…through the simple, yet profound act of how we raise and teach our children.
It is time to deconstruct standardized education.
The world our kids are going to live in is changing four times faster than our schools.
Conscious Classrooms is a dynamic and inspiring programme designed to integrate social and emotional learning in schools to engage children from the inside out. To share with them the amazing potential that resides within. Aimed at supporting the whole learning community of learner, teacher and parent, it is choc-full of resources and breakthrough interventions packaged to stimulate both teaching and learning in diverse and captivating ways.
The following resources are available for Conscious Classrooms
The 9 Gem’s Path
This is an extraordinary and powerful technique which takes your child out of the loop of fear and insecurity, to one of joyful expression of talents. The 9 Gem’s Path begins with
It’s an interactive and joyous process of unfolding the gems from within. Each step is profoundly awakening and builds confidence as the Path unfolds. The level of clarity and transformation reached during this process, is a gift that every child or teacher will embrace.
S M A R T Success = Mind And heaRt Together
This innovative technique is designed to integrate heart and mind to support the full spectrum of a growing child’s potential. Based on a wide body of research and evidence-based practice, SMART is a powerfully transformative approach to bringing the HEART-MIND MATRIX into the learning environment.
T H R I V E Teenz Hearts aRe Incredible Vibrant Energy
Frontier-science techniques including breakthrough technology to incorporate the deep wisdom of the heart-mind matrix to guide cognition, wise choices and an engaging life. The core values of care, compassion, kindness and love form the cornerstone of THRIVE, so that our teens flourish and blossom in a nurturing and understanding space.
HEART. BREATHE. SMILE
A wide body of research shows that mindfulness has the ability to decrease anxiety, stress and mood swings. It is becoming an increasingly popular technique in western school. The Heart. Breathe. Smile programme is about encouraging children and adolescents to understand the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. And how managing this triad can help them be more joyful and exuberant. They learn the crucial tools of emotional self-regulation, which will support them throughout life’s journey.
BEING YOUR BEST
This is the Rolls Royce of programmes as it incorporates the essence of all of the programmes listed above. It is thoughtfully designed to stimulate both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, to integrate cognitive, academic, emotional and social intelligence. It helps children and adolescents delve into the unknown wonders of the powerful heart-mind matrix, to discover the power of inner awareness and to relish the trials and tribulations of growing up in a technological-based society. It equips each child with the tools for knowing and understanding themselves fully, as personal identities and as part of a collective society. It’s a ROADMAP for LIFE.