The foundation for effective and efficient learning is well-being, both physiological and psychological.
Yet, educational policy fails to acknowledge the psychological foundations of good learning, let alone requires systemic support for students and teachers to meet their psychological needs.
Typical mainstream parents who take their parental duty to educate their children seriously are put on the horns of a dilemma when they find out that they run the risk of failing in their parental duty if they entrust their child(ren) to typical mainstream schools.
Schools of Conscience is on mission to change policy to dissolve this dilemma.
Note: The IndieGoGo campaign mentioned in the video ended successfully on February 14th, 2015.
Children's psychological well-being in mainstream K-12 schools consistently diminishes, thus creating the dilemma all parents face, even when they do not realize it.
Children's psychological well-being is supported in K-12 schools that facilitate self-directed learning.
The good news can transform the bad news if well-being is given top priority.
3 Key Symptoms
Systemic disengagement due to deteriorating psychological well-being.
The system reinforces neglect of primary psychological needs, thus undermining teachers' and principals' nurturing instincts and behaviors.
Systematic support for primary psychological needs (i.e. nurturing). We can learn effective strategies from certain K-12 alternatives that have demonstrated positive patterns of engagement and well-being in their students.
Primary Barriers to the Cure
A large-scale misunderstanding of teaching and learning due to the intuitively seductive but naïve delivery theory of education, as well as misguided societal assumptions about the necessity of controlling children for their own good.
Why do K-12 schools that facilitate self-directed learning serve less than 5% of all students in the USA despite over 100 years of good results?
The systematic growth of school models that support self-directed learning has been stunted by hidden barriers.
The hidden barriers also prevent more mainstream schools from sustainably adapting their practices to become more nurturing.
The barriers are based on a theory of education that is wrong.
K-12 educational policy makers at every level can remove those barriers by making an explicit commitment to ensuring that the schools they oversee support well- being.
Every Parent's Dilemma presents following educational policy resolution which you can take to your favorite policy makers to advocate for the well-being of all students.
Educational Policy Resolution to
Build on Well-Being to Achieve K-12 Equity
K-12 schools should be safe and healthy environments where all children are supported to meet their primary human needs (for air, water, food, sleep, shelter, relatedness, autonomy, and competence).
neglecting or thwarting children's primary needs in order to deliver or account for academic content, give them job skills, and/or prepare them for college is harmful and should be avoided in educational settings.
providing support for all students, teachers, and staff to meet their primary human needs (a.k.a. nurturing) is an equitable foundation upon which proper education builds.
Therefore, we RESOLVE
to safeguard well-being by giving it precedence over the pursuit of other valuable educational goals, such as possessing basic knowledge and skills, job readiness, and college preparation.
to ensure that all our schools can provide support for all primary human needs because they are fundamental foundations for both well-being and education.
to ensure that every school provides an equitable foundation upon which each child's education can be built by requiring schools to assess school climate at least twice per year using an instrument that includes measures of psychological well-being and that has been validated through peer-reviewed scientific research, e.g. the Hope Survey.
P.S. Another organization that is championing nurturing educational policies is IDEA.