/ / / to / Reverse / / / / / This 'Me' Cultu; Learning Core Values / like R / Espect, Honesty and Compassion, Is Just as Important as the Three Rs, Says Dr Neil Hawkes. the Former / Headteacher Tells LISA SALMON Why All / Schools / Should Embrace His Philosophy
DR NEIL Hawkes has started a "quiet revolution" - to see more UK schools embrace core morals and values, like kindness and honesty, and place as much importance on them as maths, English and science.
Most parents want their children to grow up with a strong set of values, and become decent adults, and Dr Hawkes believes that school life plays a crucial part in this.
| Nurturing things like compassion, respect, honesty, || Dr Hawkes the fourth | truthfulness and caring for others, is just as important as learning the Three Rs - and, according to Dr Hawkes's research in the UK and Australia, 87% of parents agree.
"Our values should underpin everything in our lives.
Children need to be taught about values in the same way they are taught boundaries," he says.
"The balance in society is tipping, the materialistic side has gathered pace and we are increasingly influenced by a 'me' culture.
"All of this decline has happened in our lifetimes, and it's up to us now to tackle the problem and reverse the trend."
It was while working as a headteacher in a primary school in Oxfordshire that Dr Hawkes began to recognise how these elements were lacking, and developing his values-based education philosophy, during the Nineties.
One in 10 UK primary schools are now values-based, but Dr Hawkes now feels the time is right to involve more educators and parents. He's set a target of reaching 50% of children in the next five years, and explains it all in his new book, From My Heart: | Transforming | | Lives Th | rough Values
"My mission | now is | to expand | the concept to more and more | schools. The prize is that | it will help us and our children to enjoy happier | and more preaches - respect ASK THE EXPERT Q"I'M six months pregnant and lately I've really felt the need to tidy up and declutter the house. Is this nesting behaviour, and why does it happen?" ADR Marla Anderson of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, has just led a study into the nesting behaviour of pregnant women.
She says: "Yes, what you are experiencing may well be nesting.
"From our research we've learned that, much like some other animals, women nest. Cleaning and organising is a big part of nesting, and our work has shown that these behaviours tend to really peak in the third trimester of pregnancy, so you may experience more nesting behaviours in the months to come.
"We believe that women nest because it would have served an adaptive function, or in other words, an important purpose. Nesting provides a safe place for the mother to give birth, and a safe environment for the baby to spend his or her first days.
"Nesting may also help to promote bonding, as feeling safe would allow other behaviours to unfold.
"And it may not only be cleaning and organising behaviours that increase as your due date approaches. Our research suggests that women are also particular about who's welcome in their environment; women prefer the company of family and friends.
"If you find yourself engaging in these behaviours while you're pregnant, know that what you're doing isn't frivolous: you're being a mother, and getting your world ready for your baby."
fulfilling lives," he says.
"Va | lues-based | education's | not a quick fix, it's a culture change which has a | hugely positive impact | on | those who practice it," | he adds. …