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Feedback on Finding Your Purpose

I was unhappy with the Minneapolis Public School textbooks that seemed to stress war and violence. In 1986, I applied and was granted a sabbatical leave from the Minneapolis School Board to develop a Peace and Non-Violence curriculum.  When I returned in 1987, this course was approved by the administration. I taught this course in several Minneapolis high schools, e.g. Washburn, Southwest, and South. It was well received by the students and is available for free on the internet at, with versions for both high school and grade school.

 I ask that U of M alumni who are teachers be informed of this curriculum so that it can be taught at grade schools and high schools. 

We are here to create a more peaceful planet. 

Cecil Ramnaraine, B.S. ’60 Minneapolis

Everyone has purpose. Everyone’s purpose is different. It might include organizing/advocating/entrepreneurship etc. It might include disrupting patterns. Anything that needs to be changed that is powerful and uplifting. Purpose should feel good and lead to happiness. It should be in alignment with passion, gifts, talents and abilities. Living in purpose and honoring purpose creates space for others to do the same. We are here to express ourselves in healthy and productive ways. To listen, to learn, to experience, to be.  

Jennifer Owens, B.S. ’11 Oakdale, Minnesota

Feedback on Editor’s Note, “A Purposeful Life,” Spring 2020 

That was a great article. Thanks so much. 

Steven Bauer, B.A.E. ’78 Riverside, California

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