Teaching a new discipline is carried out as part of a pilot project. But already many schools are involved in it in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy.
It all started ten years ago, when Ernst Fritz-Schubert, the director of a school in Heidelberg, experimentally organized the teaching of happiness in his team. The stated goal did not seem to require special agitational efforts, but not every teacher will answer how to approach it. And the goal is this: to strengthen the tools of personal development through the realization of happiness, through the ability to enjoy life. In the end, the school was created to develop various skills. And to be able to feel the fullness of life - this also requires skills.
The experience of teaching an experimental subject was summarized in a textbook, as well as in a number of manuals for teachers, in the family handbook "Happiness can be learned." Broad methodological development is conducted by the Institute of Personality Development, founded by Ernst Fritz-Schubert in Heidelberg.
The subject has not yet become mandatory in the general school curriculum. To enter it or not in the schedule decides the leadership of specific schools together with parents and students. But the positive results achieved in the lessons increase the demand for a new academic subject. Strengthens the confidence and the fact that he is not lowered from above. Everything is voluntary, just according to this principle: “We want to be happy - and we will be!”
Today, happiness is taught already in dozens of general education and vocational schools in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, North Rhine – Westphalia, Lower Saxony, and other lands. Lessons are held in semi-game form, and for each lesson it is recommended to involve two teachers in order to more effectively organize work in small groups.
Schoolchildren are taught to listen to their own feelings, to analyze personal goals and ways to achieve them. At the same time - to listen to others, to comprehend and share their interests. In the classroom, they tell not only how to solve tasks together, but also how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
“In a sense, this all coincides with the goals we set in the lessons of religion,” says Cornelia Volger, director of the Willy Brandt United School in Munich. “But in religion classes, students are divided according to denominations.” And in the lessons of happiness, children of any religious affiliation are engaged together. Thereby they learn mutual tolerance, mutual recognition of life values. Nowadays it is very important! ”It seems to me that this subject would not prevent young people in the old classes of Russia, as well as in universities. But instead, you can just listen to the spiritual chapters of the Orthodox Church in Russia. Very sad(