16 Propositions

16 Propositions to describe the characteristics of a Compassionate School

Educating the heart

'My hope is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call education of the heart. Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their school curriculum, the indispensability of inner values such as love, compassion, justice and forgiveness.'

His holiness the Dalai Lama
The Wisdom of Compassion with Victor Chan, Bantam press 2012

The CoED Foundation

Bringing Compassion into Education and Learning

"Schools need to offer pupils the chance to learn with and about compassion. What young people learn should include a fascination for the way in which humans have tried to extend their world, sometimes with incredible achievement and sometimes at incredible cost. Our successes are often accompanied by failings and side-effects. We need future generations to strive for accomplishment while at the same time showing humility. Compassion should pervade school life and what we teach our young".

Professor Colin Diamond | Chair, The CoED Foundation

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About our Schools - Tim Brighouse, Mick Waters

'As society seeks to re-examine its values and priorities, it will find in the words of these educationists a rich and timely source of wisdom and experience'.

Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education

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Compassionate Education
This video outlines what the Compassionate Education movement is all about, what drives us and what makes a compassionate person. Find out why this is the right time for more compassion in our schools

CoED Foundation | Our Vision

A TEDx talk delivered by Maurice Irfan Coles, in October 2019. Maurice envisions an optimistic future for the planet, explains how we might achieve this and outlines the major issues that will prevent young people from creating a world based upon compassion generally and, in particular, upon compassion for planet.

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