Animal Angle: Calling all teachers!

Posted on 2022-02-24 08:55:25

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“I taught English at a boys’ high school for three years before becoming an English lecturer. As soon as I began teaching, I saw how ideally placed teachers of all subjects are to impart information, tell stories and draw attention to matters of importance that are very much part of education, even when not directly part of the subject they teach. Owing to the wide range of their material, language teachers are particularly well positioned to spend brief spells on issues of importance to every human being, but all teachers can find odd moments for important issues relating to humanity.

Since I had been editor of a national outdoor magazine before becoming a teacher, had worked as a journalist, and had already had my first book, Old Man Coelacanth, published, I saw how easily issues of human importance could be included in the material I chose and in classroom discussions. I was deeply interested in a wide range of human and animal issues and academically involved in research into ways of thinking and into what was emerging then as ‘hemispherical’ differences.   

In 1987, I received an award to visit the University of Minnesota, where a gifted Jungian, Professor V Lois Erickson, was presenting her doctoral students with a range of enriching experiences based on current hemispherical research. I joyfully became a member of her group. They interfaced with industry, and I even found myself at a United Nations meeting in Minneapolis.

Teachers are in a prime position to discuss issues that are important to life and that can be illustratively used in practically any subject: kindness towards all forms of life; the fundamental equality of all peoples; recognition of animal consciousness; help quietly given without thought of reward… material is everywhere. Students can be encouraged to choose thoughtful subjects for their talks.

Every teacher is in a position to direct some attention to non-syllabic issues that really matter. Brutality towards humans and animals is top of the list. Every child should know that cruelty is a crime. This includes bullying. Schoolchildren should learn to report all instances of cruelty to people or animals to their teachers and ask for it to be reported to the principal. Teachers have a powerful role to play in helping to build character and kindness. A little story here and there… an emphasis on kindness… and perhaps a brief mention of the role of the SPCA movement.”

Why not contact us and we will come and do a talk at your school? Contact Krystal (pictured above) on 031 579 6533 / operations@spcadbn.org.za for more information.

 



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