Day 214: Desteni as a Higher Education with Integrity Part 3: Literacy
As presented by John Taylor Gatto as a result of his years of research, the second principle that sets the curriculum of America's elite private boarding schools apart from that of the public schools is the following:
2. Every graduate must have strong experience in the 'active literacies', with an emphasis on writing and public speaking.
These skills obviously would be beneficial to develop in preparation for entering the world / system, as they would assist in being able to effectively articulate one's self, write things like cover letters and proposals, etc, and with public speaking skills for example, that would open up a large area of career options as it would assist one to be able to establish connections more effectively, or work with your family's existing connections because - you wouldn't be afraid to speak to people and find opportunities -- and you wouldn't be afraid of taking on a leadership role in politics for example.
Before I began applying the Desteni Tools I had very limited writing and public speaking skills, and had accepted myself to simply 'not have these skills', because of the belief that if I experience an emotion / reaction like fear or anxiety toward a point -- that means it's 'not something I'm supposed to / able to do'. Within this, because of my skill limitations and my belief around the point of skills that for example, if I didn't already have it - it's just not something I'll ever have, this shaped my interests / likes / dislikes in a way where I experienced it as 'positive' or that I 'liked' sticking to things where I don't have to write or speak to new people - things where I can safely stay within my limitations and wherein, if I had at that stage in my early 20s considered something like getting a sales job for example so I could make more money -- that was something I experienced / defined as completely outside of my capability and thus something that I 'would not like to do' / 'does not interest me' and thus from a certain perspective I was 'satisfied' with my limitation because I had accepted myself within a very limited set of skills, justified by the belief that 'if I fear it / react to it -- I can't do it'.
With the writing point, Gatto emphasizes that in these elite schools, students are taught to write daily, and explains how it's not even so important the structure / technical aspects of the writing -- but the act of daily writing itself that is important, as through that act of daily writing, the skill develops. In public school, if I look at how writing was taught, the focus was primarily on the structure / technical aspect, and emphasis was strongly placed in 'grading' the writing meticulously on the technical points. The focus was not so much on the content / expression aspect, as much as the 'technical training' aspect. And - it was definitely not something that I, or the other students did every single day.
Same with the public speaking skills point. The closest I ever got to 'public speaking' in high school was doing 'group reports' where I would partner with someone on a project and 'present' the project in front of the class like at the end of the semester / unit, which would take like 15 minutes or something. It's definitely not something that facilitated effective public speaking skills where I would have had the confidence to do a sales presentation for example, or even go into a job interview upon leaving high school.
And, this is even with my dad being a successful business man who had spent years building a business, someone who had extremely effective speaking skills -- even with this example - it made no difference because the primary environment that shaped my character / skills was -- the school environment.
I mean, why do you think wealthy people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to send their children to a private high school - hundreds of thousands of dollars for 4 years of education? Because they understand that they cannot train their children themselves!
So, with the Desteni Tools, if you study what Destonians are doing - you'll see that we focus primarily on daily writing, as well as vlogging / videos.
When I started walking my process I was assisted with tools to start facing / realizing how I've allowed myself to be shaped as personalities / likes / dislikes / opinions / emotions / feelings / thoughts from birth through various environmental influences / factors / input and my process of self definition within this that has resulted in 'what I am now', and how I experience myself now, the experiences that come up within me / my mind. And, as I started writing out my mind daily, I began seeing / understanding how I've created myself and, through sharing with others walking the same process I began to see how - we all function within the same laws / rules of self creation -- our minds work the same way in terms of how it is programmed and the process of self definition and inner acceptances and allowances, and within this I began to see how we've shaped / created the world / system one and equal to who / what we've created / shaped ourselves to be through and as our minds / inner acceptances and allowances. So I started developing a comfortability with writing, because - within working with your own mind - there is always something to write about, every day!
And, I was supported in starting to vlog / create videos through seeing the example of others doing it, and gradually I began to develop a comfortability with speaking / sharing / expressing myself with others through vlogging, and this went hand in hand with my daily writing where, as I was developing my expression in writing, this was also supporting my development of my expression in speaking; as I was through the daily writing specifying my vocabulary and sentence structure and developing the skills of investigating myself, and investigating the world in writing / words, this supported me in being able to specify / structure my expression in speaking.
And, the real support is in the daily act of writing / speaking because - that's how the skill is developed; through daily consistency.
I mean over the past 5 years I've lost count of how many pages I've written - thousands of pages both in the Desteni forum and in blogs, as well as in notebooks.
And if you look at the Journey to Life Blogs -- there are people who have taken on specific points like Psychology, Economics, Art, Politics, Law, Science, Education, Parenting, Pornography, Spirituality, with thousands of pages exploring common sense solutions to the problems we face in this world as Humanity. And we have people doing regular Vlogs / videos exposing / taking on the problems we're facing, and exploring solutions -- daily Standing and taking Responsibility as Humanity to come to practical solutions that will result in a world that is best for all --- being the Leaders that this world needs because we realize - we can't blame the current leaders - we have to BE the change - we have to BE the leaders -- we can't wait for someone else to do it and thus -- we need to develop the SKILLS to be able to do this because, we can't just imagine ourselves doing it - we have to Act in Physical Reality.
And now many Destonians have started / recently finished getting degrees in specific fields like Psychology, Law, Sociology, and Economics, and this is AFTER having spent years developing effective writing and speaking skills through applying the Desteni Tools -- which in fact supported to develop the confidence, discipline, and Self Direction to pursue such degrees in the first place.
And myself for instance, my daily writing and speaking skill development with the Desteni Tools has supported me in being able to overcome the limitations that I previously experienced as 'preventing me' from exploring more effective career options, and I've now in fact a business owner working with sales and education -- something I NEVER would have believed is something I could do. So I've been walking a process of developing an Active Literacy with my own Mind, with how Behavior is created, with how the World System functions, with how Skill Development functions, with Responsibility, with Common Sense, with how to Support Life on Earth -- and these are all obviously things we as Humans must be Literate in, in order to Lead this world out of Abuse, into Integrity. I mean we don't only want to be Literate in how to protect our wealth and own survival because the real Relevant Literacy is to be Literate in how to do what is Best for All Life - so again, at Desteni we're taking it a step Beyond what is taught in the elite private schools because - we're not just developing survival skills, we're taking it to a point of Integrity within aligning our skills to what is Best for All -- understanding our own Minds / Nature so we can Change ourselves to what is Best for All and thus be able to change the World to what is Best for All.
So in terms of supporting with become more effective with the Active Literacies of Writing and Speaking to assist one to become overall more effective in living and supporting one's self within the world system, for all practical purposes the courses we offer at Desteni provide a higher education to facilitate the development of these skills. And, you can develop these skills for FREE.