ERIC Number: ED272595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Student Human Potential: Going beyond the Basics.
White, Sylvia Ann
The expansion of human potential and the accompanying increase in self-esteem and self-actualization is the key to emotional and physical health, social relations, learning problems, self-discipline, and future survival. Self-knowledge, obtained through such measures as keeping records of moods and through biomechanical devices, can enable teachers to understand their classroom behavior, administrators to know when they are apt to become impatient with staff, or students to know when to take a test. In the future, the basics of education might include the gathering and application of self-knowledge and techniques of relaxation and meditation. Similarly, increases in knowledge about brain chemistry will bring changes in human potential. Another "basic" subject of the future curriculum may be psychophysiology, the understanding of the relationship between the functioning of the body and the mind. Interest in psychic experiences and mysticism will move into the realm of science and education. The growing interest in transpersonal psychology is necessary in an era undergoing the transition from Newtonian physics to Quantum Mechanics, a view of the universe as an interconnected web of relation whose parts are defined only through their connection to the whole. Human nature is now at an evolving, networking stage. Educators must form one of the key networks or their usefulness will disappear. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. National Origin Desegregation Assistance (Lau) Center.
Note: In: Educational and Societal Futures: Meeting the Technological Demands of the 1990s. Proceedings of a Conference (Anaheim, California, April 28, 1983); see UD 024 362.