Paideia Whole-person Four-Dimensional Paradigm – Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit
The fundamental reality parents and educators need to learn about educating our children is that they are not things needing to be motivated, controlled, coerced, badgered, bribed or cajoled; they are four dimensional – body, mind, heart and spirit. The cry from the child is, “treat me fairly, treat me kindly, use me creatively and inspire me into greater ‘principle-centered’ service.”
In the whole-person paradigm, if we neglect any one of the four parts of human nature we turn the person into a thing to be managed in a carrot-and-stick fashion of motivation. To inspire the child to find her or his own voice we must equally address all four parts of the child – body, mind, heart, spirit.
The following table outlines the four parts of the Paideia whole-person paradigm. As you study this table and the following graphic begin to change your own paradigm to become a whole-child parent, teacher and leader. If you want to learn more about the whole-person paradigm study Steven Covey’s book, “The 8th Habit: From effectiveness to Greatness”.