A foundational element of education, is to develop an understanding of ourselves – who we are, our personality, what we love, what we are passionate about, where our beliefs come from, what causes us to take action, why we react to certain stimuli, what motivates us, where do are fears come from and what are they based upon, and what is our place in this world. For most of us this will take a lifetime, but it is journey that has unlimited rewards. Education must be more than learning and remembering information. There needs to be connection of pertinent information to “who” the learner is, and the world they live in.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
― C.G. Jung
In the quote above, psychologist Carl Jung, makes it clear that unless we make the journey within and discover ourselves, we will be like puppets. A more current analogy would be that our ‘hardware’ has been programmed by a variety of sources. What was the programming that caused people to believe that the Sun revolved around the Earth, or that made slavery acceptable in parts of the world (even today)? Certainly not all the programming is bad, nor is most of it intended for ill, but it is important to discover what makes us tick.
“It is clear that we cannot resolve any human problem, either external or inward, without understanding ourselves;” – J. Krishnamurti
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare
One of the goals of the English course this year is develop self-awareness. Through the examination of text, audio, video, art, music, theatre, dance, sport, and many more we can begin to get a better understanding of who we are and the world around us.