Filed Under (Life Coaching & NLP) on 04-06-2014
The inventor of the idea of sex education being taught from early grades in schools thought that it’d be beneficial to societies in the same way as I’ve been maintaining for years that teaching NLP would. How? What payback would governments get in the long term if they implemented this idea?
Firstly, since NLP studies and models human excellence, achievement, success, betterment, and the differences that make the differences between the excellent and the rest, its purpose is pretty good in itself. If on one hand we talk about and grapple with societal problems with marginalized communities, delinquency, crime, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and diminishing [or lack of] respect for the roles of the police, courts, authorities, and prisons, but on the other hand leave the fortunes of the benefits of teaching NLP from young age on the table, isn’t that a great waste?
What would the benefits be of teaching NLP in schools?
- NLP would teach people to understand and implement the principles of CLEAR communication from an early age. As it is with learning a foreign language or a musical instrument, so it is with learning NLP skills and the skills to communicate clearly. The sooner one starts, the better for one’s future. NLP skills and clear communication would prevent misunderstandings in people’s personal and professional relationships. In personal relationships this would help toward decreasing divorce rates, lightening the load for the courts and the police [attending to incidents of domestic violence etc.], where costs would be saved for all in taxation, and the quality of police service would increase, because the police members would not be overwhelmed by excessive paperwork on too many cases that could have been prevented. In professional relationships NLP and clear communication skills would prevent misunderstandings costly to businesses in time, money, energy, reputation. Lengthy meetings, job interviews, and negotiations that often turn out to be ambiguous or vague and don’t produce results anyway would not be an issue. Productivity, efficiency, staff morale, and motivation would increase and everyone would benefit on both sides of the business.
- NLP would teach people respect for our environments, ways of doing things, differences, capabilities and different skillsets, differences in what / why we believe / value, and respect for who – and how very different – we all are individually and culturally. Respect is important, yet many people lose it very quickly – if they ever had it in the first place. And without respect there’s apathy, violence, destruction, and wars… Just look at the news – the news that sells best and travels the fastest is bad news. The wars over oil causing diplomatic manipulation by certain countries is an example of lack of respect for many things – how could manipulation and respect go hand in hand? For me they’re mutually exclusive! Or take present or past wars over religious differences between / amongst countries. Isn’t war an example of lack of respect for another’s religion? If I practise religion A and you practise religion B, and I come to you and force you to convert to religion A, how is that my respect for you and your religion? If NLP was taught to children from their elementary school age, they would know no other but to exercise respect for others, their environments, behaviors, beliefs, and identities.
- NLP would teach people to observe and question, rather than take things on the face value and put up with them against their will – brainwashed. Giving ourselves time to observe eliminates jumping into snap conclusions based on our interpretation of a situation and thus may have nothing to do with how the situation really is. Observation can spur creativity… photography, sculpture, architecture, and many other visual arts are based solely on this principle. Observation is a great source of learning.
- NLP would teach people acceptance of each other’s cultural, religious, and social differences. Have I mentioned me wanting to convert you to religion A without accepting that your religion B might be what you prefer and as good as my religion A? Why would I be so manipulative as to want to convert you to my ways of life? Because I’m not willing to accept you as you are, and I’m not willing to accept that your opinions, religion, and ways of doing things might be valid as well, albeit done differently from mine.
- NLP would teach people work ethic – a phenomenon that many young people of today in some countries don’t even know, as opposed to have lost [as some would say]. They don’t know what work ethic is for two primary reasons. 1. since they come born into a world where every conceivable material object already exists and can be obtained, they have no incentive to work to invent new ways of improving the world – everything’s laid on for them. Reason 2 is that since survival is so easy in the developed parts of today’s world and many parents spoil their children by buying them everything the children dream up, the children have no idea of the value of the objects they get showered with by their well-meaning parents, nor do the children have any idea of the value of money and earning it. Since NLP teaches respect, acceptance, the differences that make the differences, and modeling success, work ethic would have to be a natural byproduct of people’s ways of life if NLP was taught in mainstream schools from early age.
Would implementing teaching NLP in mainstream education cost governments and the taxpayers? Since nothing in life is free and there’s always a price to pay for everything one way or another, yes, it would. But the principle “spend money to make money” from the governments’ point of view, as well as that of the “upfront investment in quality will turn out cheaper in the long term” would most certainly apply in this case. The operational costs of teaching NLP in schools would turn out to be money well spent if the money were to buy healthier, happier, more respectful, more responsible, and more productive members of societies. What’s your opinion? Contact me and share it.