Baldwin Wallace University MBA Association invites you to a free, recurring seminar:


With Param Srikantia, popular presenter of the "Why Life Sucks" series


UPCOMING SEMINAR:

The School as Factory: Parenting to Protect Your Children
Sunday, December 11
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Kamm Hall Room 215
BW's Berea Campus

Our Guest of Honor will be Mr. Raymond Durban from the Shaker Heights High School who has touched the lives of thousands of families through his disciplined but compassionate approach to teaching.

The seminar will integrate five powerful voices that have courageously addressed the challenges of nurturing the spirit of children and the inner symphony of their soul - the Indian born American Psychotherapist Shefali Tsabary, the Canadian Psychiatrist Gabor Mate, the British educator Sir Ken Robinson, the prolific Indian mystic Osho and the Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich. the educational and parenting myths of today capable of supporting children to cope with the turbulent times that lie ahead? What about the colonization of childhood by an educational system based on the same collective delusions that have fueled and exacerbated the crisis of modernity? There is a great deal of concern among many teachers and parents today that the wonder and beauty of childhood is being systematically destroyed by our system of formal education. The myopia of educational policy makers has resulted in a brutal global educational system that is the childhood equivalent of the modern prison. It takes the enchantment of inquiry and mystery out of schooling, extinguishes the natural gifts of our children and seeks to produce efficient little robots whose spirit is obliterated by the numbing effects of standardized curriculum and testing. Our children are increasingly demonstrating various forms of alienated consciousness, insecure and dependent on external validation while their real potential is frittered away in moments that make up an incredibly dull school day. Unfortunately, well-intentioned but misguided parents, often confused by the current ethos, start pressuring their children to “perform”, permanently injuring the inner life of their children with their panoptic gaze. What are some ways in which we can create a safe haven where our children can experience what it means to be understood and appreciated for the sacred beings that they are? Ironically, the practices currently in place to create ambition and competitiveness in our children run completely contrary to the ethic of self actualization. We must ask: what is the difference between an artist and a technician? The art of education is to nurture in our children a “blue ocean space” they can inhabit in which they are emotionally centered and confident of bringing forth their unique gifts. The technician’s take on education is exemplified in the “red ocean spaces” of standardized curriculum, competitiveness and outcomes assessment, the unholy trinity of the modern factory-based school we have engineered. The greatest educators produce outcomes that are highly intangible while we spend our time measuring only the most mundane dimensions of a potentially profound encounter that lend itself to easy measurement. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Param Srikantia, a Professor in the Division of Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace University, is a former television host in India who is well acquainted with the art of energizing a live audience. Param has authored over 35 scholarly papers in Management, Organizational Behavior, and Globalization that he has published or presented at conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Psychology. Param has worked for the World Bank Group, Arthur Andersen, the Unilever Group, the American Cyanamid Company, Lederle Laboratories and the Tata Group of Companies. He has taught as Lead Faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management, at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and as Visiting Faculty at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Washington, D.C.  He has also taught at the business program at the University of Iowa in the U.S., at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute in India and FAE Business School in Brazil.

 

Many of us are pursuing success in different forms. Yet, we seldom stop and question if these images of success we inherited from our upbringing are really serving us in living fulfilling lives and in tapping into our inner talents, or are a burden to us, imprisoning us while making us subservient to external expectations. This talk will expose you to multiple paradigms of success and give you the opportunity to profoundly understand the challenges of your inner journey in a reflective and contemplative space. You will be invited to go beyond your everyday notions of success/failure and to experience the richness of your own being in a manner that is rarely possible in the 'busyness' of everyday living. Rather than succumbing to the seriousness of institutional bureaucratic living as we all do from time to time, you will begin to approach the future with a liberating playfulness, able to appreciate both the comic and tragic aspects of our obsession with success and our fear of failure. The talk will draw from distant repositories of global wisdom and will therefore enable you to examine your life from perspectives rarely available to you through your formal education. This will be a truly exciting pilgrimage of discovery into both the distant peaks and valleys of a global landscape and the deeply buried treasures of your inner consciousness.

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