Is it possible to educate happiness?
by VanessaLodge on February 4, 2014 - 12:20am
Education is very important to our society since it is the main source of all our knowledge. But we can all notice that our educational system is not perfect. The question is “What is the future of learning?” (Mitra, 2013).
As Logan Laplante noted ``We don’t seem to make learning how to be happy and healthy a priority in our schools, it’s separate from schools and for some kids it doesn’t exist at all. But what if we didn’t make it separate? What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy? Because that’s what it is, a practice.’’ (Laplante, 2013). Is it not what we really want for our kids, to be happy and healthy? To my mind, it is the most important thing. The problem is, our educational system is not made to make our children happy and healthy, it is to make them fit in the box. As Ken Robison mentioned in one of his talks, there are many different types of people. ``Human beings are naturally different and diverse. But education is not based on diversity but on conformity’’ (Robinson, 2013). Some are intellectual, manual, athletic and some others are artists. Our educational system is based on standardisation and some types of people have to repress their passions and their main skills to become who our system has designed them to be. ``The whole point of education is to get people to learn’’ (Robinson, 2013). But what do we really want them to learn? To my mind the goal of education is to provide our children with all they need to be successful and happy in their life. We want to provide them with all the tools they need to bring out the best of themselves. So ``why is being happy and healthy not considered education? (Laplante, 2013).
As mentioned by the Mental Health Commission, ``Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in Canada and, among youth age 15 to 24, it is the second leading cause of death next to accidents.’’ Isn’t it terrible that as many people that are only starting their life want to put an end to it? And how many others are living depressions and aren’t happy with their life? We can’t hide from the fact that suicide and depression are increasing each year and many other peoples suffer in silence. Some people are lucky and have been transmitted with the love of life and have been learned how to be happy and healthy by their parents and peers. Others haven’t been transmitted this knowledge about how to be happy and healthy. As Laplante mentioned ``Many kids just wish to be happy to be healthy to be safe’’ (Laplante, 2013). They wish to be happy because nobody learned them to. As Roger Walsh explains in his article Lifestyle and Mental Health ``Health professionals have significantly underestimated the importance of lifestyle for mental health. Greater awareness of lifestyle factors offers major advantages.’’ His article shows that Happiness is something that can be learned and that it can help for preventing mental health disease. He proves that there is actually a way to enhance psychological well-being. Learning our kids to be happy and healthy should be part of education and even play a big role in our educational system. In addition to preventing mental problems and decreasing the number of suicides, learning the study and practice of being happy and healthy could make a big change in our society by motivating our kids to be who they are and making a better world.
To my mind, the future of learning is to bring out the individuality in each of our kids. To learn them to be happy and healthy and to be who they are and who they want to be. Without happiness, is anything really worth it? So education should be based on learning to the future generations to do what makes them happy either it is dancing, writing, painting, studying neuron, doing maths, ... and then help them to become who they want to be.
Ken Robinson, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX78iKhInsc
Logan Laplante, 2013 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY<
Ken Robinson, 2006 : http://www.ted.com/playlists/24/re_imagining_school.html
Suicide statistics : http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/issues/suicide?routetoken=f...
Roger Walsh’s article: http://www.drrogerwalsh.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Lifestyle-Mental-...