“A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilized the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.” – Georg Brandes
I believe that it is with compassion that we will change the paradigm of education. This is my life’s work, and no light subject for a Sustainable Sunday post, but stay with me.
First off, why do we need to change the current system of education? Here is a short video that covers the way economy and culture have played a major role in how we have developed our school systems. I find it to be a genius explanation.
“Collaboration is the stuff of growth”
Think about it! How will we work together to help continue a revolution that has just begun? We have to think and act on the energetic level as well as a very big, sometimes slightly uncomfortable level. Yes we can change things little by little to do our part but it’s time to think big! And we can start thinking big, by just thinking small. Funny how that works.
This Weeks Topic: School Lunch
As said by the American Psychological Association, “good nutrition is essential to healthy brain development in children which is, of course, critical to learning”.
We continue to feed kids highly processed, sugary foods because it’s cheaper, and yet we’re pouring 150 billion dollars a year into obesity!
Here are three people who have kicked off the school food debate and their Ted Talks videos, each worth watching:
Ann Cooper – http://blog.ted.com/2008/09/16/reinventing_the/
Jamie Oliver – http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html
Here is an article worth reading– an example of why we need to change the education system all together in order to fight for a sustainable future.
1) Research. Find out what kind of food the students in your area are eating. Where is the closest community garden? How can you help? Like Jamie Oliver states in his Ted Talks, “As life always evolves, we have to look at it holistically, step back and look at it for a moment and re-adjust the balance…it ain’t happenin’…it hasn’t for thirty years!”
2) Someone is going to be the first one to get the conversation started in their community. You could be that person. It’s not a far out idea. You can start tomorrow. Help raise money to fund a program that would allow students to work and eat together in a community garden on school grounds.
3) Be a mentor. There is nothing more solid in life than having someone to look up to. Don’t be afraid to help change this world one person at a time, one interaction at a time.
4) Soak it all in, all of it. We’re all around the age where we are “ripe for the picking”, as Molly puts it. We’re all malleable and stuff. Use it to your advantage! Learn something from everyone you meet in all of your endeavors.
Revolutions Don’t Come Easy:
The shift has started, there are people working their butts off to have a voice about something that involves you and I. The torch is being handed to us, my friends. You are all going to be teachers and doctors and technicians and lawyers and electricians and farmers and stay at home parents and activists and each and every one of you have a responsibility. Set an example. And in that example should be a solid structure of compassion– It’s the only way your going to actually like doing it.
Have compassion in your heart and mind. Symptoms include: loving people you don’t know, and wanting to create a better world for them.
Take a moment to find value in the opposition. It is making you smarter, more prepared.
Do the research.
Most importantly, teach and be taught.
Chelsea Richer | Founder
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