Heart to Mind – Emotions in Contemporary Society, in Teaching and Learning
There can be no doubt that we live in a world of ‘entzauberung’, of disenchantment, where a new generation seeks the path to a unified self that is beyond the grasp of a scientific-technological society. We live also in an aura of fear – fear of not being good enough as a pupil or parent, a fear of an unchartered future projected by the media. In Europe we see that old paradigms in school and society based on intellectualism and increased competition through testing are no longer adequate to suffice the needs for creativity and innovation in a competitive society. Emotional involvement is required, a willingness and ability to let one’s impulses express themselves through one’s work in school or later as an adult. This is necessary not only to satisfy a creative urge but to meet a personal commitment to self-actualization which is a keynote feature of our times. This has become a major concern in the education of our children and youths in a society where most work is found in the only category of employment which is growing – the service sector – where emotional labor is a requirement. Therefore a new methodology is required in our schools, which facilitates exercising divergent thinking, emotional involvement and volition.