Education
So children can build a society, not just hold down a job

EDUCATION

Excellence in education is a product of good relationships – and the ability to contribute to family and society is one of the most powerful impacts education can have.

CURRENT TRENDS

  • Across most of the world, successive governments look at what an economy requires and then adapt the education system to its needs, rather than beginning with relational infrastructure and developing the individual’s capacity to relate to different people in different roles and situations.
  • Changing economic and cultural imperatives mean that every education system internationally is in a state of continual and systematic reform, with successive governments sometimes intervening and reversing previous changes.
  • A meta-analysis of 52,637 studies of education published by John Hattie in 2009 concluded that the factor most likely to impact educational outcomes was the quality of a teacher.

RELATIONAL ISSUES

Revising the goals

Primary and Secondary models of schooling increasingly reflect the end-use to which they will be put. We think of students as an input to an economic system. An education system founded on Relational principles considers the purpose of education as less about personal development and more about empowering the individual to contribute to the political, organizational and social worlds of which he or she will be a part.

Relationships as educational content

Relational Education places in the foreground three relationships – with family, with community (local, national, international) and with the natural world. Education therefore addresses the question of how students relate to what is around them. Learning to relate to others is where a person’s sense of identity and belonging begins. In other words, relationships dominate not just the mechanism of education but the content.

Relational context

The correlation between relational breakdown and poor educational outcomes is well documented. The problems created by poor or dysfunctional home relationships lead to low levels of motivation and achievement of pupils in schools, and conflict and/or loneli­ness among communities, families and individuals across society. Moreover, those achieving low educational outcomes are also more likely to then experience poverty themselves.  [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

DIVIDER-Education

ACTION

Relationships matter not just in the classroom, but in the support that children receive at home, and in the liaison between professionals in the teaching profession.

Support parent involvement

This means implementing intervention programmes designed to help children improve core skills whilst encouraging stronger bonds between: parents and their child; parents and their child’s school and between parents and the wider community.

Help schools connect

Schools that improve, and sustain improvement, engage the community and build strong links with parents. Where schools build positive relationships with parents and work actively to embrace racial, religious, and ethnic and language differences, evidence of sustained school improvement can be found.

Emphasize Relational teaching

Students who develop positive relationships with teachers achieve stronger academic outcomes. Where relationships are strong in the classroom, they can surmount social inequality; where they are poor or dysfunctional, evidence suggests they reinforce educational disadvantage.

Repair broken links

The existence of positive peer-to-peer relationships in schools correlates well with student motivation, student engagement and academic outcomes. Schools have noted significant reductions in the frequency of reported racism where efforts have been made to gather students and teachers around a table and conduct mediated sessions to repair and strengthen relationships.

 

LOGO-RelationalSchoolsNew

TWITTER

Tweets by @RSchoolsProject

VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PLudPzS-zdpPlWW5sX94Fo6atYpydzRlub&v=tHmZHu9PMfQ

IDEAS

What’s wrong with tolerance?

The purpose of religious tolerance has always been, and remains, to maintain the power and purity of the dominant religion in a given state. Most dominant religions in most states today profess tolerance, but they also seem to feel especially

Read More »
PEACEBUILDING

Values in a divided Korea

Chairman of Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives Michael Schluter recently visited a centre where traditional Korean values of filial piety are taught to elementary school children. Michael is currently undertaking a peace initiative in the Korean peninsula through Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI),

Read More »
ECONOMICS

What does sovereign debt actually consist of?

S. M. Ali Abbas, Laura Blattner, Mark De Broeck, Asmaa El-Ganainy, Malin Hu There has been renewed interest in sovereign debt since the Global Crisis, but relatively little attention has been paid to its composition. Sovereign debt can differ in

Read More »
LIFESTYLE

Connected but disconnected

Millennials are the most connected generation to have ever lived but a significant proportion of them are plagued by loneliness, an expert has warned. The charity Relate said that under-25s are “increasingly likely” to experience loneliness. But they are by

Read More »
IDEAS

The culture of contempt

Robert Hall, May 31, 2018  Somehow the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan at St. George’s Chapel – testimony to the power of love and inclusion – seemed positively surreal. The latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas – testimony to

Read More »

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.