When I was a young boy, history was my favourite topic and I learned a great deal from it. Learning about history can help us understand about our past, about ourselves and potentially about others. It can – if taught well – also make us empathetic to others and learn from history. All that said I would love for us to start to teach about peace and humanity.
It’s an interesting thought isn’t it, to teach about peace and humanity. Here in the UK we even call a range of topics that cover social studies, philosophy and psychology as humanities. I’m fairly sure that history may even be put in that basket along with others. But are we really teaching about humanity when we speak of humanities?
If we are really serious about peace, if we are really serious about our future generations, then we really need to learn to teach peace as much as we study historical wars. There is an opportunity to do so.
Sometimes when young people study humanities – indeed often – then a sense of empathy, humanity and justice does emerge. We need to really enable this to blossom. I’d love for us to teach about many of the human qualities: communication, appreciation, relationships, self knowledge. We do very little of this especially in the key schooling years.
Have a peaceful day.
Rasheed Ogunlaru is an acclaimed life, business and corporate coach whose simple ‘become who you are’ approach has helped countless business owners connect with themselves, their businesses and their customers. His background spans over 20 years in coaching, training, media, PR and performance. Rasheed is the business coach partner to the British Library’s Business and IP Centre and business coach mentor to TiE UK. He is a highly sought-after public speaker and regularly appears in the media, including the BBC, The Times and the Guardian.
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