I wish to teach my students how to
Conceive, plan, gather support for, and execute projects, small and/or large, where they took the things we practiced on the mat (respect, courage, tenacity, etc.) and put them to work in the community to the benefit of other people and/or things (that matter). When a student graduates from one of my intermediate or advanced training programs, they should have a portfolio of projects reflecting values and mentoring adding value to their community and lives.
Understand and use the tools of anger management, so that anger (towards self and/or others) played as little a (destructive) role as possible in their lives. As now I understand what anger really is, most of the time: Fear and of a destructive and unhealthy point of view.
Recognize the power of diet and food consciousness / awareness in their lives. In that food or things that pass as food might be the most important self-defense and health issue in their lives, I would have spent no small amount of energy helping them learn about food and the factor it plays not only in the individual, but in how the production of it, how it's produced, plays a role in the health of a community --and beyond.
Journal, in writing, photography, and/or video, as an exercise, a practice, in looking deeply at the what, why, how, and who of their lives. Had I known how fleeting the time was, how many people they liked and loved that would go away, and how difficult it can be to put the training and learning into a useful perspective, .
How to recognize and understand the manipulation of the popular media with regards to self-worth, body image, and values. I would have helped my students defend themselves from the unhealthy depiction of "what is beauty," and "what is it to be a real man," and "what cultivates happiness," and any number of subjects that reflect unrealistic ideals meant to sell products and/or enforce unhealthy stereotypes.
Non-violent conflict resolution; we guide them in Peaceful Intervention and non-violent communication.
I am looking to expand what it means to be a teacher in the 21st century, a citizen-teacher and vital link to the community .