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ERIC Number: EJ854547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1710-2146
The Curriculum of Becoming Human: A Rumination
Leggo, Carl
International Journal of Whole Schooling, v1 n1 p28-36 Sep 2004
Of the many books read by this author over the past several years, one in particular held his attention: "Becoming human" by J. Vanier (1998). In this book, Vanier spells out several interconnected principles for promoting and practicing a curriculum of "becoming human." Vanier's first principle is that "all humans are sacred, whatever their culture, race, or religion, whatever their capacities or incapacities, and whatever their weaknesses or strengths may be." For Vanier, "the belief in the inner beauty of each and every human being is... at the heart of all true education and at the heart of being human." According to Vanier, another principle for informing a curriculum of becoming human is that "our world and our individual lives are in the process of evolving," and because we are always in process, "maturity comes through working with others, through dialogue, and through a sense of belonging and a searching together." Leggo states that school culture is often based on competition not collaboration, on a measure of excellence that renders many students mediocre, on a focus on academic or athletic accomplishments instead of emotional, spiritual, political, psychological, and philosophical growth. What is needed in schools, according to Leggo, is "a commitment to investigating seriously and sincerely what it means to be human, to become human, to acknowledge the humanity of other humans, to know our ecological interconnections in the wide expanse of the earth, even the universe."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada