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Magazine Issue 100: Positive Education
October 2018
This month: Thoughts about Positive Education.

Article: Positive Education
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This Month's Article:

Positive Education

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Positive Education An Article describing Positive Education and its relationship to British Values.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, Educators

Tags: Positive Education Values Characteristics

4 British Values

‘Necessary but not sufficient’: something I learned from my A-Level Maths teacher, the wise, modest and rigorous Mr Rooke. We were learning to prove things. With Maths. And to do this, certain conditions had to be met. They were needed – essential – but on their own were not enough. Other things were required – sufficient things to prove the theorem.

In order to write it’s necessary to have something to write with but that’s not sufficient. You also need something to write about and something to write on. For a car to move it’s essential to have fuel but not sufficient. You need a driver (or an AI) and somewhere to go. The minimum number of necessaries defines the sufficient.

Likewise, these British Values are necessary,

  • democracy,
  • the rule of law,
  • individual liberty, and
  • mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and
    beliefs

but not sufficient for a successful, future-focused, 21st Century economy.

Not a Critique

I’m not going to use this space to critique statutory requirements imposed without consultation.

Nor will I point to the irony that this imposition is undemocratic. I won’t dwell on the difficulty in actually defining ‘a value’ (is it a belief? or a quality? neither? both? something else?) never mind the challenge of any two people agreeing about what a specific value might mean in practice. No, this is not the place for that.

Or the internal contradictions: does individual liberty extend to rejecting British Values? Does mutual respect and tolerance welcome people living by a different rule of law? And is a rule of law actually a value, or simply a rule. Of law?

That’s for another time, another article.

I’ll suggest an alternative, or maybe an augmentation, or even an improvement.

6 Virtues

Positive Education proposes 6 virtues comprising 24 character strengths:

  • Wisdom
  • Courage
  • Humanity
  • Transcendence
  • Justice
  • Moderation

24 strengths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a fruit of the Positive Psychology movement founded by Martin Seligman. For Seligman psychology, and its associated interventions, is not about deficit (I’m broke – please fix me with therapies and self-improvement). Rather, it treats each individual as a wonderful mix of strengths which can be ranked and applied to their challenges. It’s not about whether you are strong or weak. It’s about discovering the different ways in which you are already strong and using this knowledge to grow.

Positive Global British Values

British Values read like restorative announcements. The virtues present as aspirations brimming with possibility.

But one can contain the other: it’s straightforward to map values onto virtues. For example, the virtue of Humanity includes kindness; Justice has fairness; and Moderation cites self-control and forgiveness.

kindness + justice + fairness + self-control + forgiveness = law, liberty, tolerance, respect and democracy.

The British Values are necessary but they are not sufficient for this (or any) country to successfully navigate the 21st and 22nd centuries. The world is changing fast: shifting political landscapes; the rise of AI in law, healthcare, weapons, coaching and more; environmental challenges; new skills for work and the need for enhanced ethical thinking. Being tolerant is not enough.

We need values which give us purpose in an unknown world; virtues that inspire us to be more; and character strengths that empower us to do more. We need British Values and we need Positive Global Values too.

If you want to hear more about Positive Education in practice listen to this podcast where I talk to Amanda Burnell who has embedded the approach into her London school. I’m sure you’ll want to know your range of character strengths – try this free survey. And find out more about Positive psychology at the positivepsychologyprogram.


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Values Thinking

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Values Thinking A Thinking Skills tool for infusing values education into teaching and learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, All Ages

Tags: Positive Education Values British Values
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Values Thinking PowerPoint

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Values Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint to support the Values Thinking resource.

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Tags: Positive Education British Values Values
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British Values Think Sheet

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British Values Think Sheet A Think Sheet to help pupils think about British Values in practice.

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Tags: British Values Values
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Podcast on Positive Education

Positive Education is a genuine and effective approach to character/values education based in positive psychology - the psychology of happiness. Mike talks to Amanda Burnell from Sherington Primary School in London, UK about her work implementing this approach with her colleagues and pupils.

Listen to Positive Education


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Values Think Sheet - Trust

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Values Think Sheet - Trust A new style Think Sheet to help pupils explore the meaning of trust.

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Tags: Values Trust
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Values Think Sheet - Community

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Values Think Sheet - Community A Think Sheet combining levels of challenge with a deeper understanding of 'community'.

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Values Think Sheet - Ambition

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Values Think Sheet - Ambition A Think Sheet to help deepen understanding of ambition.

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Values Think Sheet - Challenge

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Values Think Sheet - Challenge A Think Sheet with challenging thinking about challenge itself.

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Speed of Trust
by Stephen M.R. Covey

Speed of Trust <br>by Stephen M.R. Covey Reframe your thinking about trust. Apply its 4 key features and 13 behaviours in order to improve effectiveness. Avoid paying the 'trust tax'.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Leadership, Professional Development, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Trust Values

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Ted Talk
The New Era of Positive Psychology

Ted Talk <BR> The New Era of Positive Psychology Martin Seligman presenting at TED2004

www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology/

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Categories: Websites, Psychology

Tags: Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology Program

Positive Psychology Program Find out more about Positive Psychology

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/

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VIA Character Strength Tests

VIA Character Strength Tests Take the Free Character Strength Test, to discover your range of character strengths.

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Categories: Websites, Psychology

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