There are three basic goals of life and education that systems of education need to be aware of and address if they are to educate responsibly. Bearing these goals in mind shapes education to fulfill its deepest purpose: to produce well-rounded, capable, and benevolent people who are a boon to society and to themselves.
Developing a mature heart and character is the first basic goal of life and of education. Yet it is not an end in itself. Ultimately the goal of developing heart and character is to become a person capable of altruistically loving others. True love cannot be separated from virtues such as respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, loyalty, unselfishness and others, as these are concerned with the way to properly relate with others. We may say that virtues facilitate the flow of love in human relationships. Thus a person of virtue is a mature person capable of beneficial and loving relationships, which are further contexts for fostering human development and growth. To develop loving relationships, especially in the context of a family, then, is the second basic goal of life and education.
As people develop their knowledge, skills, and technical expertise, they have the potential to be of enormous benefit to the larger society. With their maturity and sense of social responsibility, such people can balance their natural desire for personal success with the larger purpose of serving their society. A strong conscience and a well-developed capacity to love make for a more ennobling contribution to the human community. We consider making a contribution to society to be the third basic goal of life and education.
The pursuit and fulfillment of these three life goals: 1) Becoming a person of mature character 2) Establishing loving relationships and family, and 3) Making a contribution to society -- point the way to valuable and productive lives. By designing our educational system with these three life goals in mind, we can help our young people to find true satisfaction and fulfillment in life while realizing their full potential as human beings.
The Discovering the Real Me courses emphasize the development of heart and conscience within the context of attaining the three basic life goals. Educating children to be better and happier human beings is the essential goal of education, even as they learn the technical expertise needed to serve our world to the best of their abilities. Discovering the Real Me seeks to correct the imbalance in current education by devoting special attention to the development of the inner human being, the core of which is heart.
The Discovering the Real Me lessons are built around stories. Now, with the Uplifting Education student portal powered by Schoology, parents and students alike can share their stories and comments related to each week’s lesson. The elementary school curriculum focuses on classic fairy tales which were designed to take children on a voyage into a more peaceful and righteous world. The middle school curriculum uses realistic life situations and utilizes moral dilemmas and decision-making in order to lead the students to make better choices in their lives. The high school curriculum presents stories and situations with themes of the development of virtues such as mutual respect, taking responsibility, developing empathy and compassion, and learning how to be productive citizens.
The Discovering the Real Me courses are offered free of charge. The lessons are scheduled for about an hour a week for the 1st through 12th grade school year but you are free to use it in whatever way you feel is best. This curriculum can be an opportunity to discuss virtues with your child. Many families enjoy making time each week to complete the Discovering the Real Me lessons because it helps them make a habit of communicating on deeper issues of life while giving each child in the family their special time. The online curriculum focuses on issues specifically addressed for each age group but you are free to use any level for similar aged children.