Education, Education, Education
A report was published this week that says that the UK’s education system ranks as 6th in the World. In Europe only Finland, which was ranked number 1, was higher. One of the biggest factors that the report found for high standards in education was society’s attitude towards education. Finland and South Korea, ranked number 2, both shared a social belief in the importance of education and its “underlying moral purpose”. Parents who highly valued education and who had high expectations from the education system contributed towards this concept of societal belief. I think that most people I know would share this sense of the importance of education, but maybe we wouldn’t universally agree on what the purpose of education is? What do you think it is? The ability to read, write and add up is a good place to start but obviously there is a lot more to it than that. The ability to be creative, to be analytical, to think for yourself and to be able to follow instructions, could also be included. Good though the education is in our country how much of what you get taught at school, college or even university do you use. I did a lot of maths at school, I liked it and I was good at it. I did two maths A levels, I did an engineering degree and during that I took extra maths modules because they were easy marks for me achieve. I did some fairly complex maths over the years, yet once I became an accountant all I needed to do was add up, take away, and occasionally work out a percentage. Some of my maths skill is still present as I recently discovered whilst supporting my son in his A level papers, but it’s very rusty.
So let me ask you, what didn’t you learn at school that you might have wanted to know about?
On just about every training course I run people say to me “Why don’t they teach this stuff at school?” How useful would it have been to understand more about how you think and produce behaviour when you were at school? Would you like to have known how to be in charge of your state when you were at school? Or know that what you believe about yourself affects the results you get if life? Much of what we teach on our trainings can be used with your children to improve their self-esteem, their learning strategies, their behaviour, or their state management. I have written before about how even hypnosis can be used with children to improve their performance at school. I am delighted that our education system is doing well and I still think that there is room for improvement particularly in “life skills” not just in academic areas.
Another point that the report made was that good quality teachers make a big difference. It seems blindingly obvious but let’s remember that it is important in all teaching environments. I also see this in my own field of NLP. How do you know that your NLP provider is good? One of the ways that I think about this is that you need to ensure that they teach under a reputable NLP certifying body, such as the ABNLP that we use, this is the worlds’ largest and most internationally recognised NLP body. Also I think that you should consider what the linage of your trainer is, who trained your trainer. I trained with Tad James the creator of Time Line Therapy™ who has himself been training NLP for 30 years. Tad and Wyatt Woodsmall were the first two people to be authorised by Richard Bandler, the co-creator of NLP to train other trainers. You will likely only ever take one NLP Practitioner training, choose your providers carefully.
The purpose of education is not the accumulation of information in order to compete for success. Education is the experience of being fully present to oneself and the world; it is transformation toward wholeness. David Forbes
Written By Ewan Mochrie