British school to offer happiness lessons
Apr 17 9:32 AM US/Eastern

One of Britain's leading fee-paying schools is to offer classes on
happiness to combat the malaise in society caused by materialism and
celebrity obsession, its headteacher announced.

"We are introducing classes on happiness," said Anthony Seldon, master
of Wellington College, in Crowthorne, Berkshire, west of London.

"We have been focusing too much on academics and missing something far
more important."

A psychologist will oversee a pilot project teaching "happiness
lessons" -- or "well-being" as it is being called -- from the start of
the next academic year.

Pupils aged 14 to 16 will be given one lesson a week, learning skills
such as how to manage relationships, physical and mental health,
negative emotions and how to achieve one's ambitions.

The college's religious education staff will teach the course as a
complement to, rather than a substitute for, conventional RE classes,
said Seldon, who is also a political commentator and author.

"To me, the most important job of any school is to turn out young men
and women who are happy and secure -- more important that the latest
bulletin from the Department for Education about whatever," explained

"Celebrity, money and possessions are too often the touchstones for
teenagers and yet these are not where happiness lies.

"Our children need to know that as societies become richer, they don't
become happier -- a fact regularly shown by social science research."

Wellington school was founded in 1853 and currently has 750 boys aged
13 to 18 and 50 girls aged 16 plus. Fees range from 6,132 pounds
(8,850 euros, 10,800 dollars) per term for day pupils to 7,665 pounds
per term for boarders. 

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In response, Amsterdam giggled and said their students were already
way happy.


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