How much do we know about the radical impact of human character on peace and the quality and safety of our children’s education????
The answer has direct relations to how much money we are willing to invest in character education!!! On the anniversary of the school shooting, we read so many headlines such as:
To the Parkland Parents: I Lost My Son at Sandy Hook. Here’s Some Advice for this Painful Anniversary
We mourn the loss, we cry the pains, and we are nowhere near the answer! We brace ourselves for the next shoe to drop and whose dear child fall with it on the ground! The students talk about the increasing presence of so-called “SECURITY”!! The word security has become synonymous with living in barracks! We put everyone in prison to warrant they are safe!! ! We are the proverbial frog sitting in the already boiling pan, but unfortunately we do not register the ultimate suffocating danger and the ever-present call to fight or flight. We are frozen with fear and anxiety in our tracks. Students talk about being paranoid, and hypervigilant!! In our search for solutions, we have a tunnel vision of guns vs life! Wow!!
In the meantime schools are no longer a peaceful refuge for learning. Our children wake up each morning to have an experience more akin to a battlefield that is called a school ground!
When it comes to human character, we got a long ways to go just by looking at the curriculum of our schools and the remedies we choose! How many of our schools have even one course on the nature, the importance, and the effect of human character on others, on our social order, on global peace, or on our environment?
In the following list of 10 things for peacemaking program by a religious group in an educational organization, character has no place!! A list of 10 things Presbyterians can do to prevent gun violence, from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program:
- Contact your representatives in the U.S. Congress and ask that they support:
- universal background checks and waiting periods for all gun purchases.
- a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, armor-piercing handgun ammunition, and .50 caliber sniper rifles.
- Identify the organizations in your community engaged in gun violence prevention and get involved.
- Attend a peaceful demonstration or public prayer service to end gun violence.
- Contact your mayor and city council members and demand that steps be taken in your community to prevent gun violence.
- Help close the gun show loophole that allows purchases with no background checks.
- Schedule a screening of “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence” for your group or organization. Visit the PDA website to order materials and get suggestions on hosting a screening.
- Join or form a local chapter of “Heeding God’s Call,” a faith-based movement to end gun violence. Visit http://www.heedinggodscall.org/ for more information.
- Ask the leaders of your worshiping community to address gun violence in worship services (with periodic preaching, liturgies, and prayers) and education classes. Resources can be found at pcusa.org/gunviolence
- Learn about your state’s concealed carry laws (that may allow guns to be carried openly, including into houses of worship). Encourage your places of work and worship to prominently display signs that prohibit carrying guns onto their property.
- Encourage those you know (citizens, hunters, and law enforcement officials) who regularly handle weapons properly to be wise examples in reducing risks and teaching how to prevent the misuse of deadly force.
Every presentation on the human brain these days is fixated on the material reality of the human experience and what to do to make our brain healthy, functional, and sharp. But no one seems to care about what is the main purpose of having a brain or sharpening our brain or asking for a long-living human brain!
I have heard some people claiming we are spiritual beings having a material experience! Some carefully whisper that this life is a workshop in preparation for the next! in the meantime, there is no argument that we all shall die and every time we attend a funeral we are faced with the existential question of what is the purpose of our one more day of life? The Baha’i Writings have an ocean of wisdom on the significance of human character and its effect on the social order, the quality of our life, and the emotional and spiritual nature of our experience.
The transforming story of Palomares Spiritual Empowerment Program is a witness to the importance of teaching the oneness of humanity in the school curriculum at large.
Question of character education?
When does it start?
Before or right after conception the mother and father must reflect and get ready for the job of shaping the character of their offspring.
Who is responsible?
Manifestations of God, Parents, extended family, educators, the community, media, government, athletes, and the rest of humanity.
The mystery of the two selves: We all have the capacity to be Darth Vader or Luke Sky Walker. “Every child is the light of the world or its darkness.”
How long do we need to teach it?
Character development is a lifelong endeavor and quest.
The following statement from the Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha must have been written in the early 1900s. It deserves to be studied, reflected upon, and considered in designing school curriculums.
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.