Leading Compassionately

 

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle
At Seven Arrows, education and compassion go hand in hand. Our students learn early on how to empathize and how to be a part of something greater than themselves. Our edible garden is a rich example that takes students on an exploratory journey and connects them to real food. Students study the soil, test its properties, plant seedlings, monitor the life cycle of the plant, and ultimately provide nutrients to the entire school community. Unbeknownst to them, this constant engagement with nature reciprocates. The seedlings they plant leave life-long seeds in their minds about real foods and their individual ability to produce meaningful results.

Our edible garden is all about teaching compassion, but compassion can already be found all over our campus. From the posters for student-led ethical leadership projects that adorn our hallways to the teamwork taking place during our weekly student council meetings, a Seven Arrows student is well-versed in what it means to be a compassionate leader. Our edible garden celebrations are simply additional opportunities for our students to compassionately grow and enrich themselves and their surrounding learning environments. Gardening requires mindful, attentive patience, which is an incredibly important skill to refine and instill from a young age. In an era where our children’s generation is increasingly characterized by immediate satisfaction, this good work of cultivating compassion couldn’t be more important.

“Gardening is tending to the soil with care and patience and being nourished by the harvest, however small or big.”

Sellman, L. HowToLearn.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from http://www.howtolearn.com/2011/09/how-to-teach-your-child-compassion/