Prairie Primary School teacher Christine Henke Mueller recently had her essay “Educating the Heart: Creating Open Minds Through Service and Leadership” published in The Good Project, a research-based organization affiliated with Harvard University and Project Zero.
Henke Mueller has been instrumental in initiatives like Prairie’s Giving Garden, Edible Schoolyard, and C.L.A.S.S. program (Character, Leadership, Accountability, Sustainability and Service) that she created to help students develop diverse perspectives on the world around them.
What happens to children growing up in this increasingly complex world?, writes Henke Mueller. A look at recent accounts of intolerance and even violence in our schools demonstrates the trickle-down impact of these stresses on young people. Yet as teachers, we combat these trends. Opening hearts and minds is what we are called to do. We shed light on darkness and cannot turn away. We must build our students’ skills so that they can move into the future with humility, optimism, and the ability to problem-solve.