While some schools are forcing their students to cram for exams and read dozens of pages before the year’s end, one school has taken on an innovative approach. Instead of handing out homework assignments, children at a school in Ireland are expected to perform acts of kindness for the month of December and document their good deeds in their “Kindness Diary” instead of doing traditional homework assignments.
Most people agree that there isn’t enough kindness in the world today. Instead, people are focused on the relentless pursuit of money and success. But this innovative school in Ireland called the Gaelscoil Mhichil Ui Choilean will not give homework as expected. They want their brave students to practice being kind human beings and do true good in the world around them. As the season of giving, there could be no homework assignment better than performing good deeds out of the kindness of one’s own heart. These children are only expected to spread good cheer and joy through their documented acts of kindness. Just think how happy these students are going to make the community around them.
The students don’t have to focus their good deeds just on people in the community. They can also be kind to their parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members. They’re also encouraged to perform acts of kindness toward the other students in the school and their teachers.
The kindness diary will be signed by parents, so they can understand how much good their children are doing in the world. Without a doubt, this is an interesting assignment to promote good stewardship among the students and to encourage young people to think bigger than themselves and to commit good deeds on a regular basis.
This is not the first year that the Irish school has taken an innovative approach to education. Last year, the students focused on gratitude during the month of December rather than traditional homework. They had to document the things they were grateful for in their lives – and it was a very positive experience for all involved.
“For the third year running, pupils at Gaelscoil Mhichil Ui Choileain, Clonakilty will not have any formal homework for the month of December! Instead, they are asked to carry out acts of kindness and giving to others in their families and community – and to record these in a special (Kindness Diary), which each pupil will fill in daily which will be signed by their parents.”
Imagine how much more positive the world would be if people were going around filling up a diary of all the good deeds and acts of kindness they performed each day?
The school’s vice principal Lde Ni Mhuiri said, “We are encouraging our pupils to think of the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of kindness and giving. With such an emphasis on the materialistic and commercial aspect of Christmas, we often tend to overlook what it’s really about. Goodwill! Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to be able to enjoy Christmas, some are lonely, some are sad, some might yearn for what they do not have, and some might simply not enjoy the festivities.”
But these acts of kindness will brighten everyone’s lives!
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