Putting relationship quality at the center of education is essential. Students who know that their teachers care deeply about them are more likely to be engaged and learning at a high level.
Cognitive scientists tell us that emotion is not the opposite of reason; it’s essential to reason. Emotions assign value to things, tell us what to pay attention to and what to care about and remember.
According to Yale professor and education columnist, David Brooks, this teaches us that, “a key job of a school is to give students new things to love — an exciting field of study, new friends. It reminds us that what teachers really teach is themselves — their contagious passion for their subjects and students. It reminds us that children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing the good of another, and offering active care for the whole person.”
- Waldorf Education