Harmony in Health in Education

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Bringing Harmony into the Classroom
in partnership with
The Harmony Project

Harmony in Education 
 
Most would agree that one of the most positive influences we could have on the future of our planet and our lives, is through the education of our children.  However, many would also agree that education, as it exists currently, misses many opportunities to help children:  especially opportunities to help children find a harmonious way of being in the world.
 
What does this mean and how can schools introduce small changes that can move education towards harmony?
 
We at Harmony in Health offer a fresh perspective on what may contribute to this shift - and provide resources to support parents, teachers and children find more harmony in daily life.  In turn, the health and wellbeing of humans and the environment may have a chance to flourish.

Current situation
 
Whilst pockets of incredible teaching and harmonious environments exist, there are also many cases where structures and practices within schools cause the wellbeing of both teachers and children to suffer. 
 
In most cases these include:  
 

  • A curriculum that is divisive and not linked to values and the natural world

  • An inharmonious environment including damaging furniture, overstimulation and little contact with the natural world

  • Inefficient learning; ‘end’ rather than ‘process’ focused behaviour, with testing taking priority

  • An increasing focus on practices that contribute to mind/body and emotion disintegration

 
The outcome of this on children (and teachers) can be: 

  • Stress, particularly from rushing and perceived fear of failure

  • Lack of integrated mind/body awareness

  • Loss of natural poise and body confidence

  • Ill health - mental and physical

  • A distancing from themselves and the world they live in


Bringing more harmony in health:
 
As in any system, these factors interrelate and support each other:
 

  • A more harmonious environment.

  • A more harmonious curriculum  (see Harmony in Practice for a wonderfully comprehensive, enquiry-led and joined-up guide to integrating the Harmony Principles of Nature into the curriculum)

  • Teachers in a more harmonious state

  • Children participating in more harmonious activities in a more harmonious way