In the old paradigm, the role of teachers and schooling is to reinforce the dominant and dominating systems.
Today, as we experience shifts within and around us that bring an awakening and expansion of consciousness, what is the role of educators now?
Here’s a map that reflects how I am experiencing our evolving role:
The majority of educators and educational systems around the world are on the far left of this map, probably off the map of what I’ve drawn, firmly entrenched in the old. This is an observation, not a judgment.
For those who are experiencing the shift, most of us are entering the Field Transition. This is the place in which we start to wake up to the contradictions of the old and begin exploring a more holistic and inclusive worldview.
For educators entering the Field Transition, some books I’ve found helpful are Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, and Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk. I’m sure there are many more, but these are excellent and can be returned to as a resource.
If you are a facilitator supporting people in the Field Transition, Family and Systemic Constellation work is, in my view, probably the single most valuable tool we have right now. It brings a person in direct contact with the Field, and allows each person to have their own direct, embodied experience of the New. Here’s a link to my own Family Constellations work if you would like to work with me.
These resources are just some examples of ways we can bring people out of the old paradigm and into the new.
However, the “new” is still young and emerging for most people on the planet. We are just beginning to describe the foundations, the underlying principles of the new as it applies to education. Two texts that I have found that are helpful here are Research is Ceremony by Shawn Wilson, and The Living Classroom by Chris Bache. Here is my own talk in which I describe what I am seeing as some of the principles of the new (ancient/timeless) paradigm: Teaching and Learning in a Quantum Reality.
What does it look like when we are fully immersed in the NEW? Well, that is still emerging. The question becomes: what do you want it to look like? How do we co-create with the emerging future?
One of the ways I have chosen to explore the new is to ask the question: can we recover lost knowledge? This question is based on my experience through constellation work that we can easily access the Field of information. Here’s a workshop I gave on this topic, including an exercise you can follow for yourself and your own inquiry: Our Hearts Hold the Stories of Our Ancestors.
How about you? Where are you on the map? What are you discovering from your current location?