The role of the Spiritual Intelligence in the Child's Moral Development

9781493763474: The role of the Spiritual Intelligence in the Child's Moral Development

The XXth century is known for its increasing technological innovation and for the Modernity Crisis, or the crisis of meaning which reaches all aspects of society. It’s right to say that today people have a bad feeling when it comes to ethics based on wrong values or no values at all. This way, this research is about the role of Education on the overcome of this crisis. Starting by Piaget’s (1994) studies on the moral development of the child, it’s known that the human being is not born moral; it becomes so by the family, school and environment and can keep learning moral values even after grown up. In order to become autonomous, the child needs to learn through Mutual Respect and through the virtue of compassion which comes many times from the ability to treat other people as you wish you were treated. This feeling comes usually from faith in a Superior Power. With the discovery of the “God´s Spot” in the brain by Ramachandran, it is scientifically proved that the humans have a need of believing in something. Dana Zohar (2002), then, developed the concept of “Spiritual Intelligence” (QS) which plays the role of bringing meaning to life. It is the bridge between the Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and the Emotional Quotient (EQ). To give an example, it is mentioned a very new phenomenon called the Indigo Children. They are born with the Spiritual Intelligence more sharpened and they are usually wrongly diagnosed with ADD or any other attention disorders. This happens because they are born in the Era of the web communication, the Internet. Therefore, they think fast and are able to do many activities at the same time. More than that, they are known by their anti-authoritarian attitude which can be confused with rebellion. They are also very idealistics and believe in a better world. The Globalization requires universal values that apply to all cultures. Thinking about that, Sathya Sai Baba, a wise Indian created the Human Values Education. He says that these virtues are in every human being. They are: Love, Truth, Peace, Righteous-Conduct and Non-Violence. Other works, as the Waldorf Pedagogy, based on the Anthroposophy, seek for the whole development of the human being. It believes that the child’s development happens in cycles of seven years. Therefore, the teacher goes along with the students, learns and grows with them. Besides that, this theory sees Education as a therapy using Arts to expose all the subjects.

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