Students-Automatons vs. Students-Learners
Schools in 21st Century
Being for Others: Managers, Teachers, and Students
Jean-Paul Sartre states that many relationships are created by people’s attraction no to another person, but rather how that person makes them feel about themselves by how they look at them.
Emmanuel Levinas speaks of a face-to-face encounter where the other’s face is not an object. For Levinas, the other’s face is a Living presence that anyone can’t reduce to images or ideas in their heads. Moreover, he adds that the face speaks to me and thereby invites me to a relation.
These thoughts are from two of the greatest philosophers of our age. These two stamens invite us to figure out and develop our roles in a new way in education. According to Sartre, we must manage with Emotional Intelligence and Levinas suggests us to look at the other as a Living presence, that is, as a human being who is always addressing me, calling to me.
Keeping those ideas in mind, roles in our schools are urgent to change from conventional rigid functions to compassionate leaderships:
- Managers must become Leaders, that is, individuals with vision and emotional intelligence skills who guide and influence, the direction of the teachers in the school, in a non-coercive modeling manner.
- Teachers must become Coaches, that is, individuals with empathy who can bring out the best in the learners in a compassionate way.
- Students must become Learners, that is, individuals with interests and dreams who are able to find out their own skills to achieve their goals and who are lead by their coaches.
These groups constitute real resonant relationships from which people (leaders, coaches, and learners) act compassionately to help to develop the strengths of each group while recognizing the other’s goals, their work.
Feeling inspired, motivating are emotions that enable each individual to become more creative, more positive, a critical thinker, a resonant leader who move themselves and the others to their objectives.
Living presence necessitates managing Emotional Intelligence. Schools of today are a business on people's growth, on human beings' dreams, not only on the money.
“Changing Minds, Shaping Brains.”