Theory of Enchantment: A New Realm of Modernised Education

Social Emotional Learning is the latest addition to the education system. However, education in general has not been successful in capturing the interest of many students. Chloe Valdary, brings a new dimension to this aspect through the Theory of Enchantment by aligning its axis with pop culture.

With the rapidly changing popular interests and convulsive societal norms, our education system demands transition. Although the system had undergone several significant changes, it lacks the ability to help students envisage new horizons. Mere theoretical knowledge spoon feeds students to reconcile to be a bookworm. Hence, it is obligatory of the society to channelize a new method of growth for students’ thus promising development globally. 

Psychologists, scientists and professors have earmarked Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) as a new dimension for education. SEL forms a new phase for our system as it helps each student grow emotionally with an inclination towards society. It encourages them to understand the concept of sympathy and throws light on widening perspectives. This advanced-level programme focuses on eliminating competition and affixing compassion within students to cultivate a pro-social behaviour. 

Verticals of SEL | Image Credits: Henry Havin

SEL upholds merits which outperform any tutoring technique. Its curriculum is supported by the strong pillars of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills and ability to make responsible decisions, thereby aiming towards the holistic growth of pupils. The crux of this technique lies within the fact that it propagates the idea of peace and directs a student’s attitude towards it. It also helps in character formation as its implication focuses on the smoothening of personal and social decision-making processes.

A few years ago, Chloe Valdary, an American writer and tutor, developed an SEL programme called “Theory of Enchantment”. Taking insights from the dynamics of general interests, Chloe developed this theory encompassing pop culture. Pop culture is indeed a contemporary form of culture that can delight or enchant us. It is that mirror which reflects our aspirations and energy. Theory of Enchantment was formed based on this exact ideology. Whilst analysing cornerstones of pop culture like Beyonce, Disney, and Nike, Chloe found a common denominator. Each of them created content that resonated a part of us and our potential, thereby inspiring and moving us towards a different level of growth by boosting self-confidence and strength.

The Theory of Enchantment is based mainly on 3 principles; 1) Treat people as human beings and not political abstractions. 2) Criticize to uplift and empower and never to tear down 3) Try to do everything you do in love and compassion. It further advocates the need for treating people as equal and loving others as much as you love yourself. This is undeniably important to our society and its present scenario as it helps to reduce war, proclaims sympathy and develops understanding capability and a positive attitude which anchors us towards seeing things in the right manner. Theory of Enchantment is without a doubt the new realm of the education system because it leverages students to be a socially responsible individual who reacts to social injustice like racism, sexism, classism and much more. Given the circumstances not only within our university but also across different educational institutions, the application of this theory widens the palette we own, thereby giving us a scope to see the unseen and take life through new paths.

Visit here to learn more about the theory: https://www.ted.com/talks/chloe_valdary_how_to_use_love_to_repair_social_inequality

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