PEP Appreciates Advanced Google Search and Its Potential to Enhance Global Empathy

I thought I knew how to find the information I wanted through Google Search. I did not know, however, how deep I can go with my Google Search especially when it comes to reaching out to a diversity of cultures and viewpoints. Reading this article I was struck by the use of the word “global empathy” which I consider to be helpful in geminating the seed of global consciousness and ultimately a global character that identifies with all colors of humanity in the flower garden of mankind. The timing of finding this article about Advanced Google Search is important for CGIE and its services to the empowerment education for the oneness of humanity and fruitful social discourse for peace and unity.

 

Recently CGIE and its PEP Empowerment team have been asked by Principal Dr. Camille Beal to begin a new phase of training and service with the students of Palomares Academy of Health Sciences. The PEP team will upgrade its work from an after-school program to a school program offering training and support to the students who need 120 hours of community service to graduate. The students have an hour a week called the project period to identify, research and understand a problem in their school, their community, or their global village as the focus of their project. The students will explore in nature and science the law of interdependence and of the oneness of humanity and the importance of unity in our communities. Since Palomares is a Health Sciences Academy, they will use the example of the human body to explore how each of us is an important cell in this organic body of humanity and how we perceive, think, feel, dream and act can make a real difference. The students then will explore the ways to address and tackle the problem by designing their project.

 

PEP’s orientation meeting with Mrs. Vega’s 9th grade project period students and Mr. Francisco Busto’s 11th grade project period happened right after the recent Terrorist Attack in San Bernadino which has caused much anguish and anxiety. The students were invited to identify and share some of the reasons for such violence irrupting in all corners of the world and possible solutions.

 

To cultivate the ability of the students to integrate critical, creative, and metaphoric thinking and reach out of the box, we introduced an activity that invites metaphoric thinking. We have done this activity in many settings both with adults and younger students. The students, as you can see in the video;  Social Discourse for Developing Capacity and Building Peace and Unity in the Community, impressed everyone with their creative, critical, and metaphoric thinking.

The 9th and 11th-grade students impressed everyone with their enthusiasm and their engagement in the social discourse on very critical issues such as global terrorism and violence. We are looking forward to the continuation of our discourse. One student paired the glasses with the picture of YARAN saying that they both help us see better the reality such as what prejudice is. Another student paired the elastic band with the picture of YARAN because, he said, they both manifest the ability to stretch themselves beyond initial appearances to serve a unique purpose and show their extraordinary capacity. Cultivating the capacity to be creative, to do critical thinking, and to think out of the box to connect the dots hopefully paves the way towards embracing all humanity as one family and out of the deep divide of man-made false dichotomies that has caused many sufferings to all. Mr. Bustos later shared how impressed he was by the quality and nature of the discussions and the engagement and enthusiasm in the room.

 

The project period will train, support, and help the students in researching how education as a whole and especially global integrated education with the principle of the oneness of all humanity at its center, will ultimately secure the peace and tranquility of our planet. In order to avoid falling into the trap of prejudice and stigmatizing Muslims or anyone from a different culture and religion, the students will go on a journey of exploring the principle of independent investigation of truth and hopefully learn that the people in Pakistan, like people in general, are hoping for a better world and better life. We hope their advanced Google Search skills in research will open their eyes to see how people, in general, all over the world like  Malala: Symbolizing the right of girls to education, favor education and want the world to agree with a Pakistani student that eventually  More education means more disapproval of the Taliban. and embracing of human rights of all.

 

In the age of the internet as a global tool and the need for peace and oneness, students must become equipped and supported to be part of the solution of their communities. Education must become a tool for social action and the realization of an ever-advancing civilization. In the article Most Popular of 2015, No. two: The advanced Google searches every student should know we are reminded:

 

The internet presents our students with the significant challenge of learning how to access and synthesize massive amounts of information from all over the world. To manage overwhelming amounts of information, it is critical to learn how to design searches that take you past the first page of results. The quality of information can lead to an oversimplification of an issue or lead to a much deeper understanding of the nuances of a topic.

 

In today’s global economy, global empathy is one of the most critical skills we must teach our students. To this end, utilizing the internet strategically can lead students to understand other cultures and viewpoints and spark authentic learning experiences. While the internet provides us with the opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives and exposes our simplified narratives, the reality of how Google targets basic searches often leads to localized results.

 

The irony of having access to thousands of channels of information is that many of our students seem satisfied when they find the most visually accessible version of the truth. Students must be educated to ask themselves, “How can I design a search or series of searches that yield the highest quality results? As educators, we must equip our students with the skills and strategies to help them develop sophisticated search strategies that will enable them to engage in critical analysis.

 

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Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.

She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.

She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.

She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.

Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.

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