Topic five: goals and aims
to the teacher
This topic will take more than one lesson. It looks at the problems
in the world and, in the light of these, the need for the pupils
to think out how they are going to use their lives. This will involve
their goals and purpose in life and their careers.
The problems in the world are so vast that we often think there
is nothing that can be done, but the adventure for the next generation
may be to identify and deal with the human element in difficult
situations. So often peoples' attitudes are the stumbling blocks
in finding solutions. There is, more often than not, some link between
how individuals find answers and the way nations could.
Self-esteem is needed for any aim in life to be found. When I feel
I matter - to God, to my family, to my community, to the nation
and to the world - it follows that they matter to me.
Pupils can begin to think about what careers they are going to
pursue and how they are going to use their lives. People take up
a career for many reasons: for a higher standard of living; because
they enjoy that work; because it gives them power and status; or
because they want to help other people. It is a very individual
choice. However the question that may need to be asked is not, "What
should I do in the future?" but "What needs to be done?"
There are many people whose faith leads them to believe that each
individual has a part in God's plan for the world - a part which
is specific for each individual and which no one else can fulfil.
Students in school who start to search for and decide on clear goals
and an overall purpose will not only find greater fulfilment in
life, but will have a real stake in the future and in the way the
world goes. It is important that decisions are made because, however
small they may be, "Big doors swing on small hinges."
Drama activity 2 (page 13) could be
used as an introduction to this topic.