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From My Heart
Transforming Lives Through Values
Values-based Education is the philosophy and practice that inspires both children and adults to be the best that they can be. After all, we are all growing, and it is not only our children that can benefit from education and development, but adults too. In his constant bid for better education, author Dr. Neil Hawkes advocates a positive mental attitude which aims to empower young people with a sense of their own future and their potential to shape it according to their own purpose. Neil discusses the benefits of caring for yourself and others, as well as providing medical evidence to support these ideas. He contextualises his philosophy by demonstrating ways in which teachers, parents and pupils can use it to create a happier and more productive learning environment by raising their self-awareness and self-confidence.
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Dr Neil Hawkes demonstrates again and again that he has important insights into character education. I highly recommend this book.
Professor William Jeynes, Senior Fellow, Witherspoon Institute, Princeton and
Professor, Department of Education, California State University
In choosing to title the book From My Heart, a reader might first think that this is a soppy attempt to do a 'motherhood and apple pie' job on education. However, by inviting us to embark on a virtual relationship with him, Neil takes the reader on an evidence-based journey getting to the heart of what education should be about - not grades and results, but what we as a society want a well-educated 18 or 19 year old to look like. Hawkes draws the reader into a journey, not in an airy-fairy way but gets to the nitty-gritty of how to model the values and behaviours we seek to develop in the next generation - a generation that is open and hasn't, as yet, been tainted by experience because, as Neil reminds us, it's never too late to have a happy childhood! I first heard Neil address the European School Heads Association Conference in
Cyprus and was so impressed I invited him to Ireland. I was certain Irish school leaders were longing to hear someone who could articulate something that I know each individual felt in their own hearts about vision and values for society. I wasn't wrong and the feel-good factor that permeated conference following Neil's address to delegates lasted long after they returned
to their schools. Neil's invitations to pause, his use of reflection points at the end of each chapter, his use of a positive values vocabulary, his descriptions of the impact of the adopted approaches on students and practitioners, his hints and suggestions about how to embed a values-based culture make this book a must-read for all who reflect on education, especially
school leaders, teachers and those involved in the educational enterprise. I wholeheartedly recommend it - espe