(Reposted from: Mind & Life Institute. November 11, 2018)
“Education for Peace: Transforming our Schools with Mindfulness and Compassion” with Patricia Jennings
Educators and philosophers have pointed to the importance of quality education for building a peaceful world. This requires the intentional cultivation of wholesome school environments where students feel supported and encouraged to thrive. However, increasing demands on teachers have resulted in high levels of stress and burnout, which can hinder their sustained commitment to teach and their ability to support their students. Indeed, there is a growing teacher shortage that threatens education quality worldwide. How can we better prepare teachers for these demands so our students and teachers can thrive? Prof. Jennings will present evidence that mindfulness- and compassion-based approaches for teachers and students have the potential to transform our schools into safe, peaceful and nurturing spaces where our children and teens can thrive.
Filmed during Mind & Life’s 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR) on November 11, 2018.