Educating the heart

Posted by Brenda Yoho

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”


This is a powerful quote from Aristotle. I believe he is trying to tell us, that the emphasis on knowledge only leaves you with being a very smart individual with not knowing how to apply what you know for the good of others and following what is right. Why have all of the knowledge with nothing good come from it?

As an educator, the value of education is priceless. Growing up with parents unable to receive an education, the importance of gaining knowledge and utilizing it in daily life makes a big difference. Having the opportunity to learn from my parents, the knowledge is valuable, but it is the heart which knows best.

Education is an essential part of our journey in life. Historically, society impacts education and so do government policies. Education intends to prepare students for the future. As we prepare children for the future, educating their hearts is an important part.

When we provide children with lessons of the heart, we are giving moral values which help to produce character. Children learn integrity when we focus on teaching the importance of values. Decision-making is a focus of my Two Rule philosophy, where students learn about the power of choice. Thinking about the choices made and if they will make you or others feel good or safe provides opportunities to self-regulate and utilize values, culture, morals, compassion, ethics, and accountability. Before saying or doing, asking yourself questions and thinking of yourself and others, is the best way to make decisions.

As we look at how things are today, we can see; clearly, changes need to be made to help everyone feel good and safe at school.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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