What is Essential…

I recently re-read Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. It had been a long time since I had last read that book I love so much. One of my favorite parts is when the fox reveals his secret to the little prince and tells him “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” This wise and true advice is often forgotten, and I have been thinking a lot about how we have lost sight of what truly matters in the world. Transferred back to our education systems, how can we as teachers teach what is essential to our students? How can we teach our students to “see” with their hearts, and to realize that what is essential is invisible to the eye? What is essential to you, fellow Dreamscaper and Lovescaper?

As for me, I would say that the only essential thing in the world is love; all other things are secondary. I think we can teach our students how to love through our nurturing actions and through teaching the values that I have outlined in the circle of love. There is not a single “right” way to teach these values, on the contrary, there are multiple ways to transmit them, and that is the beauty of living in such a diverse world…

Christian, what do you think is essential and how do you think we can transfer it to our education systems?

We have two choices in life: to love, or not to love. In that decision lies everything else. But what is essential for that choice to be made is dialogue in our education systems. We need to foster an atmosphere where students and teachers are both learners and educators. We need to create designs that propel learners to investigate the world around them and discover for themselves the world that we live in. Through dialogue, the world becomes demystified.

Dialogue is a central part of my conceptualization of education. How can learning take place without engagement with other peoples and their ideas and experiences? For me, dialogue is essential because true learning comes from dialogue; it comes from the inquisitive mindset. Without dialogue, without an inquisitive mindset, we are only programming people to follow the status quo, and be relegated to a life of slavery and oppression.


2 Comments on “What is Essential…

  1. Beautifully written. What a nice thing to read on a Tuesday morning!

    One of my favorite quotes is “we are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” by Oscar Wilde; when I read this I think of those essentials that one must have to “look at the stars” and love is certainly one of them.

    There are countless flaws in our education system but what gives me hope is that there are many “stars” out in the world that are fostering others with the same wonderful virtues and are making a difference in this world.


    • Thank you Adriana for your beautiful message… You are one of those people who are looking up at the stars and helping others see them. You bring hope to the world and to our education system. Your love for the world and the work you do is inspiring! Thank you for being part of it!!!


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