In a recent conversation with one of our youth group facilitators and a superintendent to schools, we discussed how the value of learning is really only met when a student can personally connect with the subject and make it meaningful. This led us to what we, as facilitators and teachers, need to do to inculcate this personal connection to learning within a classroom and student environment. We realized that in order for learning to be personally meaningful to students, the act of teaching had to be just as (if not more) personally meaningful to teachers and educators. Here is an emailed paragraph from one of our facilitators before she left to attend a Changemaker Workshop:
“When I think of future generations, what concerns me is their disconnection – from self, community, and the natural world – especially with the increasing use of cell phones and computers. It’s up to us to pass along to our children what it means to be connected, what it means to be a compassionate humans living in a way that serves all beings in the web of life.