The mission of education is to attract children to the ideals of maturity, to guide them to include the reality of others into their own. A child has the natural need to feel safe within the borders already known. Fortunately for its development, it also feels the inborn need to expand those boundaries, as it perceives in itself the ability to push itself out.J. Donald Walters, Education for Life
Every child, as every adult, is on a journey.
He walks towards joy’s fulfillment and expansion.
Expanding Consciousness is the essential purpose of education and life.
There is a dimension of consciousness that runs through all of life. At the upper end of this spectrum we find a vibrant, expansive energy that reveals itself in qualities like kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, generosity, self-respect, love, and joy. At the least developed level, it flickers with a low level of energy in a constricted range of behavior, manifesting in such qualities as obstinacy, negligence, lack of self-confidence, superstition, procrastination, callousness, and duplicity. In the middle range of consciousness we find a mixture of behaviors where the energy is generally high, but with a turbulent, egotistical expression as in the qualities of selfishness, impulsivity, pride,fastidiousness, revengfulness, worry, and arrogance.
Progress along this dimension of consciousness is essentially motivated by a person’s desire to avoid pain and sadness and to achieve an ever-more enduring and satisfying experience of happiness. At the lower levels where consciousness is contracted, motivation is almost always produced through the enforcement of rules and other outward forms of discipline, as when an insensitive child must be forced to stop bullying others. As we move up the spectrum however, a deeper, more enduring form of motivation gradually becomes accessible.
Within all of the higher life values, there is an intrinsic core of experience that provides a natural motivation for expressing that quality. For example, there is a calmness that accompanies the expression of truth, and a joy that can be felt in selfless service. As a person’s consciousness evolves, the need for external motivation is gradually replaced by these awakened inner sensitivities, providing a sound, practical basis for constructive life choices.
We strive for the highest level of awareness, in which we act in the common good on the personal and social level, we have an overview of the whole situation and are oriented towards acting with a view of the outcome that goes beyond personal interests.
Teachers and school leaders themselves and pupils consciously lead from lower consciousness to higher ones. Gradually, when students raise their awareness, they also become mentors in this process.
This EFL principle is called Progressive Development: observing children, the adult begins to perceive that everyone is driven by different trends. But everyone, in his own way, is looking for fulfilment and happiness. The adult has to go beyond appearances and judgment, helping the children to refine more and more the pursuit of happiness, which consists in avoiding pain and in seeking more and more to make choices that bring joy closer. The child will understand for himself that he can expand, from anger to peace and forgiveness, from laziness to activity, from sadness to unconditional happiness, from competition to cooperation.