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In today’s high-stakes educational environment where the Test reigns King, our model is an education for information, where knowledge is quantifiable and what counts matters most. Even in the world of mainstream psychology, where we should be studying the soul’s meaning (the logos of the psyche), the Test is still King and quantitative research the gold standard, its crown jewels. I will discuss a qualitatively different model of education, what I call “an education for individuation,” showcasing how the psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute fosters such an education by using the very principles and practices within the branch of psychology known as depth psychology. Then, I will share some anecdotes to illustrate how this model works with elementary and high school students as well.

What is the format of this topic?

Presentation

Where have you brought this to life before?

I have developed some of this material before audiences at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I've also co-edited two books--"Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning" and "The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination--which contain essays I've written that dance around this subject. In addition, I presented at an international conference for the Institute of Elemental Ethics and Education, and had the paper published in the yearbook.

Do you have the presentation on slideshare, haikudeck or prezi?

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Any chance you have this on youtube or vimeo?

No Answer.

What do you feel is the heartbeat of your topic?

James Hillman wrote in the book "The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling" that "we dull our lives by the way we conceive them." To twist this, I would say we have dulled our educational system by the way we have conceived it. The heartbeat of the topic is the desire to revivify education and thus awaken the slumbering, depressed souls of our nation. I am interested obviously in being involved with the tribe of educators, but truly, many aspects of this model can be used in business, in leadership, in family life, etc.

How could the community collaborate with you to build your vision?

I have a fantasy of starting a high school based upon an education for individuation. Having taught high school for 16 years before becoming a university professor, part of my heart still remains there, and I know from experience what a difference this approach to education can make.

Are you looking for sponsors, funding, grants?

No Answer.

  • Anil Paranjpe

    Very interesting approach, could you point us to some reading material / videos which would help us understand the actual implementation of this approach? I am working with an institution in India which is doing, apparently similar work and hence need to know more before we can explore possible collaboration.

    • Joey Paynter

      Hi Anil!
      I’m currently one of the staff that is working to help put this conference together and I am very curious to hear more about the work that you are doing in India. Care to share?

      • Anil Paranjpe

        As a brief overview here we go
        I work with individuals, teams and organisations as a Capacity Discovery Coach.
        Often a lack in performance is caused by “invisible” gaps between our beliefs and actions. I am interested in the ongoing work of aligning the daily practices using various guiding frameworks.
        This “discovery” of latent capacities leads to sustained performance.

        I am involved in research activities in the area of economy and sustainable living and social exchanges. These two activities are mutually supportive – for me and people that I work with.

        Does this answer your query….could share more over email if required…

        • Joey Paynter

          Yes. Thanks for sharing Anil! I look forward to hearing more and learning more about you and your ideas at the conference. If you would like to share more before the conference you can email me at joey@visontemenos.com It seems that maybe you and Jennifer have some possible collaboration ahead.

          • Anil Paranjpe

            Joey,
            Thanks for the response! Like I said in my response to Jennifer above, my presence will be in cyberspace.
            Thanks for the email, will write in, over next few days.

          • STIA + Temenos

            Hi Anil, Thank you so much for all your participation.

            You will be able to continue the dialogue online during the conference at this site. Just wait and you will see the STIA+ LIVE page appearing soon.

            Once again thank you so much
            Siraj
            Host, STIA 2013

  • Jennifer Selig

    Anil, no, I don’t have any reading materials or videos–just my own experience which I’ll be sharing, and the books I have published on this matter.. But I’m very interested in what you are doing. Collaboration?? ;-)

    • Anil Paranjpe

      Jennifer,
      Thanks for the response. Guess I will wait for the Conference..though my presence is virtual.
      Will share details over email, do you mind sharing that? Mine is anil3sp@gmail.com.

      • STIA + Temenos

        Anil, remember Jen’s speech will be on STIA+ LIVE by Friday. My staff have ensured me that they will be working overnight to produce and edit the video from her speech on Thursday.

        Thank you again.
        Siraj

        • Anil Paranjpe

          Siraj,
          Thanks for this additional information. Much appreciated.
          Looking ahead
          Anil

  • Jennifer Selig

    Anil, happy to share the text of my talk.
    Cheers!
    Jennifer

  • http://www.shiftmassage.com/ Kathy Jakielski

    “The heartbeat of the topic is the desire to revivify education and thus awaken the slumbering, depressed souls of our nation. ” Love this topic and look forward to the discussion. I work with people to educate themselves about their body-soul connection with body-centered therapies and I’m looking forward to hear how you apply/integrate the soul knowledge on a systemic level.

    • Jennifer Selig

      Thanks Kathy! All the topics are so rich!

  • Pat Andres

    Jennifer, it is my dream to start the elementary-school version!

    • Jennifer Selig

      Count me in, Pat!