Teaching Personal Development to Our Youth

I have, for a very long time, felt as if I had a greater purpose for the world, as if I was a chosen human being to transcend the world and make an impact so grand that it would be in a textbook one day. As I have come back down to earth, I began to see that I was not making much of an impact on anything. I wanted to change course, so I began to delve into personal development. I felt if I read the right books, meditated regularly, met with a life coach, and even contemplated hypnosis, that I would somehow emerge from my cocoon into this world-changing butterfly.

For the past four years, I have been a middle school math teacher. Over those four years, I have read books, had meetings, sat through hours of professional development sessions, you name it, regarding how to engage students in learning and how to make their education meaningful. Very little was focused on personal development for students.

Regardless of how self-centered a teacher may be, which I very much was, you come to love your students as if they were your own children. You begin to resent the music on the radio or shows on TV because you know your 12-year old students are watching. Even though these kids may be frustrating, they softened my heart. This is why I feel the ideals of personal development can be so instrumental in changing the course of these student’s lives.

Many students live in a state of lack, a state of having a fixed intelligence, a sense of having a ceiling that keeps them from achieving their dreams, etc. This is why I think it is so important that we not only teach students the content knowledge of academia but the skills and techniques of the successful. I define success as living with inner peace and happiness, it is not about money or becoming rich, as we all know money does not always equal happiness.

I would like to see an emphasis put on creating a student-friendly personal development program that helps students find their passions, set goals to pursue those passions, find a sense of spirituality (this does not mean find a religion but a source of guidance), build a feeling of prosperity in their lives, and much more.

The reason I am writing is to attempt to plant some seeds in the minds of those with softened hearts like mine who are interested in developing well-rounded citizens who are happy and peaceful. I would like to ascertain the experience and knowledge of those who can help students and build this idea into a reality.

Who knows, maybe what we can do together will make it in a textbook one day.