Eco-Theory Saves Lives Through Mind-Shift Wisdom
Who’d have thunk that making books a weapon of social change is a sane thing to do?
In a time of chaos caused by war, economic recession, political gridlock, and genetic research, mind-shift classes for children are an example of school districts taking action to alleviate human suffering.
The social entrepreneurial organization MindShift offers these classes to encourage children to write, draw, sculpt, and design different kinds of educational programs to respond to the world’s pressing problems.
The project began in a six-month pilot program in San Francisco Bay Area schools with the proposed curriculum being “open to interpretation” about presenting the latest research on global environmental awareness. About a dozen students and educators then developed their own lesson plans around the theme of sustainable production of food and the food a population needs to support today’s “big” families.
“In the third grade, we talked about an important social issue such as environmental responsibility,” Emily Lyte told the Associated Press in an article published last October about the class. “We learned how to spread the word, and we had to work together and be nice to people who were different from us.”
Talk about an effective teaching tool! Imagine the impact of having fifteen-year-olds learn that kids nowadays have more kids and live in larger houses than their grandparents could have imagined. When those young people are adults, they will influence a generation to change the way our children are raised – and create a better world for them.
As its name implies, the MindShift project is influenced by the spirit of mind-shift meditation, the practice of taking quiet time to reflect on your present in relation to the outcome of your future decisions.
An opening statement from the MindShift website says: “There is no one right solution to end poverty, environmental destruction, or many other problems in the world. All solutions must be created collaboratively by a critical mass of people. This means that there is no such thing as a ‘magic bullet,’ no one-size-fits-all solution. There are many things we need to change, and to do it collectively is not possible without the involvement of everyone.”
Click here to find out more about these kids learning about environmental sustainability in a hands-on class with others.
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