Sovereignty Education

Sovereignty Education

CURIOSITY  >>  COMPETENCY  >>  CREATIVITY 

De Silva, H.D.

 

The purpose of education is to help individuals to understand the world they live in, including themselves and their unique potential; so they may themselves take advantage of opportunities as they arise, and through their unique faculties, transform aspects of their living for personal and greater good.

The concept of Sovereignty Education begins with the noble acknowledgement that every person is unique, beautiful and skillful and is able to achieve great things; who already has within themselves goodness and the creative potential to achieve greatness.

We are all unique beings gifted with prodigious potential. Our life is a journey towards the fulfilment of this potential. In life, we hope to discover, express, develop and refine our unique faculties, and transform aspects of our living for personal and greater good.

 

Sovereignty is simply the achievement of knowing our unique-self and being this unique-self: in thoughts, words and deeds. The goal of Sovereignty Education is to empower individuals to discover and express their unique faculties so they may gain the personal power of sovereignty. With sovereignty, individuals are then self-empowered to develop and refine their unique faculties, unleash their innate potential and achieve great things that benefit them, their community, the economy and the environment.

It is the power of sovereignty that unleashes our unique potential. It is with sovereignty that we satisfy our human need for personal growth and experience the splendid bliss of freedom. Freedom in its wholeness is the bliss that we experience when we live our heart’s longing, expressing our unique and gifted faculties, for personal and greater good.

There is creativity and goodness in all of us. Sovereignty Education aims to nurture the creativity through lessons that begin with curiosity and aims to nurture the goodness through the mindset of Loving kindness and Mindfulness.

A teaching that enables us to achieve an outcome is an instruction. A teaching that empowers us to discover our heart’s longing, express our unique faculties and unleash our prodigious potential for personal and greater good is a priceless wealth. This wealth of instruction is Sovereignty Education.

The 3-fold Task for the Teacher

 

In a positive nurturing environment:

1. Provide opportunities for meaningful inspiration: Experience a concept.

  • Help individuals to see things in a new light and feel inspired. [Stimulus Study]

  • Help them to gain a sense of self-worth for their self-confidence.

2. Provide opportunities for profound understanding: Connect concepts

  • Help individuals to connect knowledge and broaden their horizon/perspective. [Insight Study]

  • Help them to understand their world, themselves and their unique faculties that hold great potential.

3. Provide opportunities for unique expression: Consolidate concepts

  • Help individuals to demonstrate their learning by expressing their unique faculties and gain a sense of achievement. [Creative Study]

  • Help them to develop and refine their unique faculties through arising opportunities and transform aspects of their living, for personal and greater good.

In a positive nurturing environment a teacher demonstrates serenity, reverence, respect, loving kindness, mindfulness, wise counsel, honest impartiality, high expectations, equity and positive validation.


 

“Each one in this world is gifted to excel at one thing.”  - Proverb, Heladiva

"Education is kindling of a flame, not filling a vessel."

- Socrates

"The potential is contained in the flower, which blossoms not because you direct it to, but because you release its potential by providing positive conditions of light, water, temperature, fertilizer, and soil."

- Richard Daft and Robert Lengel (Fusion Leadership)

The Lesson Cycle

The key strategy of Sovereignty Education is to help the learner discover and express unique faculties for personal and greater good.

This is achieved by providing opportunities for

  • Inspiration ->>  Curiosity  >> Self-discovery

  • Knowledge ->>  Competency  >> Self-efficacy

  • Performance ->>  Creativity  >> Self-expression

Through opportunities for inspiration, knowledge and performance students gain the achievements of self-discovery, self-efficacy and self-expression. In this way, Sovereignty Education empowers the learner to discover and express his or her unique faculties and achieve the vital gem of sovereignty.  [NB: Self-efficacy as defined here is simply the ability to perceive and see clearly and the ability to do and do skillfully.]

In moving from curiosity to competency and creativity, Sovereignty Education adopts a three lesson, Lesson cycle:

Lesson A:  Acquire Direct Knowledge - Learning by doing

DISCOVER through Curiosity - 'Self-discovery'

 

Stimulus Study -  [Real life context]
Teacher: Provides the opportunity for meaningful inspiration: Experience a concept
Students: See things in a new light and feel inspired.

Student achievement: Self-discovery

Lesson Elements:

  1. Teacher Narrates - Presents curious context

  2. Students Observe - What? Who? When? Where?

  3. Students Record - Facts & Figures

  4. Students Analyse - Trends & Patterns

  5. Students Share - Recall & Discuss

Lesson B:  Acquire Learned Knowledge - Learning by knowing

LEARN through Competency - 'Self-efficacy'

 

Insight Study -  [Real life context]
Teacher: Provides the opportunity for profound understanding: Connect concepts
Students: Connect knowledge and broaden their horizon / perspective.

Student achievement: Self-efficacy

Lesson Elements:

  1. Teacher Narrates - Presents learned content

  2. Students Know - Relevant Concepts

  3. Students Understand - How? Why?

  4. Students Apply - Solve Problems

  5. Students Share - Recall & Discuss

Lesson C:  Acquire Intuitive Knowledge - Learning by creating

EXPRESS through Creativity - 'Self-expression'

 

Creative Study -  [Real life context]
Teacher: Provides the opportunity for unique expression: Consolidate concepts
Students: Demonstrate learning by expressing their unique faculties and gain a sense of achievement.

Student achievement: Self-expression

Lesson Elements:

  1. Teacher Narrates - Presents learned concepts

  2. Students Evaluate - Interpret & Connect

  3. Students Imagine - What if? What else? Why not?

  4. Students Create - Summative Product

  5. Students Share - Recall & Discuss

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"There's an artist imprisoned in each one of us. Let him loose to spread joy everywhere."

- Bertrand Russell

"I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child's powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself."

- John Dewey

(My Pedagogic Creed, 1897)

"I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who."

- Rudyard Kipling

With reverence,
See the beauty in the child
The unique heart that has come before thee
For it is he, who will enlighten the world; For it is she, who will lighten the way
Towards sovereignty,
Lead them all with love and wisdom
To shine in their own path
As the creative beings they long to be.

- H.D. De Silva

The great and noble task of a teacher is to inspire students to keep learning for themselves: about the realities, possibilities and alternatives in their lives and the necessary skills to take advantage of arising opportunities; so they may best apply their unique faculties to better care for themselves, others and the environment.

- H.D. De Silva

Assessment of learning

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

In Sovereignty Education, the teacher and the student use the same grading system and success criteria for assessing effort and achievement.

 

SE - Formative Grading System

  E   Effort Required -  I need motivation to do it. (Effort insufficient)

  N  -  Novice -  I need a bit of help to do it. (Developing work)

  L  Learner -  I can do it. (Competent work)

  A  -  Apprentice - I can do it and explain it. (Best work)

  MMaster -  I can do it,  explain it and teach others. (Accomplished work)

Stimulus Study - Success Criteria (SC)
  Ability to observe and gather information with the senses.   N  A  M
✅  Ability to measure and/or record information appropriately and accurately.   E 
N  A  M
✅  Ability to analyse information for trends and patterns.  
N  A  M
✅  Ability to communicate information or ideas using multimedia.  
N  A  M

 

Insight Study - Success Criteria (SC)
✅  Ability to interpret written, numerical, visual and graphical information.   N  A  M
✅  Ability to connect ideas from different sources and acquire a deeper understanding.  
N  A  M
✅  Ability to solve problems with new, deeper understanding.  
N  A  M
✅  Ability to communicate information or ideas using multimedia.  
N  A  M

Creative Study - Success Criteria (SC):
✅  Ability to evaluate information from different sources.   N  A  M
✅  Ability to integrate different concepts and create new ideas.  
N  A  M
✅  Ability to create a summative product of learning.  
N  A  M
✅  Ability to communicate information or ideas using multimedia.  
N  A  M

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

In Sovereignty Education, students undertake a Creative study in a particular area of their interest. The result of their creative study is presented as a Product of Masterful Work to a wider audience including their peers, teachers and parents. It is this Product of Masterful Work that is assessed by the teacher using the following SE summative grading system.

SE - Summative Grading System

SE Level 1 - LEARNER

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates a developing level of skill and a basic knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through observation, care and creativity. The student has worked with some assistance and own effort to create a product of reasonable quality.

SE Level 2 - APPRENTICE

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates developed levels of skill and a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through observation, mindfulness, honest impartiality, care and creativity. The student has worked independently and consulted broadly to create a product of quality, which demonstrates a uniqueness in form, function, motion, composition or interaction.

 

SE Level 3 - MASTER

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates refined levels of skill and an extensive knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through detailed observations, critical thinking, mindfulness, honest impartiality, passionate diligence, care and creativity. The student has worked independently and researched extensively to create a unique product of elegance, which demonstrates refinement in form, function, motion, composition or interaction.

When students graduate from high school, they will have collected a Portfolio of Masterful Work to present to prospective employers, organisations or institutions. 

Elders in our societies, with their vast life experiences can and should significantly add to the inspiration, knowledge and performance of our young. Their compassionate generosity, loving kindness, mindfulness, honest impartiality and passionate diligence, can make a significant difference, to the life (and future) of a young person in need. There is mutual fulfilment in such an endeavour.
- H.D. De Silva

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