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What if we developed capacities of mind, heart, body and soul for the survival of our planet?

What if we developed capacities of mind, heart, body and soul for the survival of our planet?

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  • 1. WHAT IF?Citizenship and Education in a World that is NOT Male Dominated
    Based upon:
    McIntosh, P. (2009). Gender perspectives on educating for global citizenship. In D. J. Flinders & S.J. Thornton (Eds.), The curriculum studies reader (3rd ed., pp. 399-424). New York: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • 2. What if?
    Technology has allowed an interest and capacity for global interaction. McIntosh makes a good case that abilities for global citizenship need to be developed, and furthermore, that the American social and political reality are in some respects in direct opposition to the necessary capacity for global education.
  • 3. What if?
    “teachers . . . bring wholeness of their emotions, capacities into classrooms, unafraid to develop plural capacities & the wide ranging awareness that caretakers absolutely depend on when they work for the decent survival of all.” (P. 398)
  • 4. What if?
    We develop capacities of mind
    We develop habits of heart
    We develop habits of heart & soul
  • 5. What if?
    We develop these capacities of mind:
    “Ability to observe oneself and the world around one
    Ability to make comparisons and contrasts
    Ability to ‘see’ plurality
    Ability to understand ‘reality’ and languages comes in different versions
    Ability to see power relationships and understand them systemically
    Ability to balance awareness of one’s own realities with the realities of others”
    (McIntosh, 2009, p. 385)
  • 6. What if?
    We develop these habits of heart:
    “Ability to respect one’s own feelings and delve deeply into them
    Ability to become aware of others’ feelings
    Ability to recognize conflicting feelings without losing a sense of integrity
    Ability to experience affective worlds’ plurality while keeping a gyroscopic sense of one’s core identity
    Ability to wish competing parties well
    Ability to observe and understand how location affects power in the world
    Ability to balance being heartfelt with a felt knowledge of how culture is embedded in the hearts of ourselves and others”
    (McIntosh, 2009, p. 386)
  • 7. What if?
    We develop these habits of body and soul:
    “a sense of balance between dependence and interdependence in the physical world are all elements in the development of a global citizen’s sense of inhabiting and using a body”
    acknowledgement of our mortality
    “respect for our own and other’s physical needs”
    acknowledgement that “a soul needs a certain sweetness”
    (McIntosh, 2009, p. 386)
  • 8. What if?
    We teach a comparative curriculum – including comparative religions
  • 9. What if?
    We teach semantics and other good communication skills
  • 10. What if?
    We made use of a Serial Testimony technique (p. 392) - - similar to the Aboriginal sharing circle technique to teach reflexive listening
  • 11. What if?
    We teach the theories of history: “pendulum-theories, spiral theories, progress theories and descent theories” (p. 390)
  • 12. What if?
    We encourage student-led, empowering initiatives
  • 13. What if?
    We implement coeducation policies (e.g. ensure both a boy and girl in leadership roles)
  • 14. What if?
    We teach collectivism over individualism
  • 15. What if?
    We emphasize collaboration
  • 16. What if?
    We resist standardized testing and develop real-life critical thinking and analytical minds
  • 17. All of the above capacities necessary for global citizenship are consistent with the capacities that our society develops in women (generally speaking and as nurturing caregivers) whether biologically or socially based.
    (McIntosh, 2009, p. 386)
  • 18. Developing these capacities is absolutely essential for humans as caretakers to ensure the “decent survival of all”.
    (McIntosh, 2009, p. 398)
  • 19. References
    McIntosh, P. (2009). Gender perspectives on educating for global citizenship. In D. J. Flinders & S.J. Thornton (Eds.), The curriculum studies reader (3rd ed., pp. 399-424). New York: RoutledgeFalmer.