Posts Tagged ‘education’

Educating you and only you and broadly too

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Education is everywhere. They are all aiming for you – they all want you to become what they want. Nobody is asking you what do you want to learn, my child, what do you think would be of value to you, and so help you have a good life. They all want you to be a worker in their companies, a specialist with a narrow job, a slave, an ant that do what you are told. This is done by allowing you to be part of the consumer culture where shopping and consuming is the single most important activity, where more of the same is the only way forward, so that our economies can have growth.

The real life you can have is totally different. That is is a life where you may be free and independent, where you have many choices available to you, where your consciousness is at a high level, where happiness is a matter of course, where you understand yourself and know why you do think like you do and do the things you do. Interaction with others via social abilities is important too, as well as interaction with the greater cosmos, the ecological system that is all around us. Diversity abounds, the world becomes a magic place.

In education we must also remember that we know little, all things past have gone, new things keep coming up all the time, the scope of what we do not know is endless. A sound education practice should reflect this fact.

The social, economic, political and individual consequences of such a change would be wide.

Being educated in this new way, you feel at home in the world, in your own community where people know you, and in the world where you can visit or settle as you like. The world is understood by you – how it works, what you can do to it and what you should not do.

Your abilities and what you gradually take a liking to, even would love to do, should be in there as decisive factors in a learning system just for you. Surely there personal abilities that you were born with or that you want to develop, things you like to try because it seems fun and even useful to others, to the cosmos we live in.

So there is a huge challenge out there – how do you become the one you deeply want to be.

The essential issue is to leave people alone so they can have their own way, and let every one know at an early stageof their life that this is how we are going to do it – it is your choice and we will help you on the way.

So let everybody make a plan for themselves, and do what they deeply want to. Make a commitment to yourself, set goals and go for it.

There are no rules, but basics like working to understand yourself, growing food, singing, dancing, playing, handicrafts, arts, reading, writing, mathematics, programming, languages, work participation soon comes up. All introductions should be given by your parents, they are your helpers and mentors. The rest of your family and social group should also chip in so the start of your life is broadly based.

Schools are much more like workplaces, as all workplaces have an obligation to teach young people what they do. All teachers are part timers, as they are doing other activity as well.

There is no distinction between work hours or free hours as you have one life where what you do is mainly what you want to do. If there are chores they must be shared by all.

There must also be a change in all the company profiles, and a heavy shift back to small and local is needed.

The principle of education is to enter into your community’s life steadily, taking part in what they do, learning what you need to know, gradually develop your ideas and taking choices that lead you where you want to go.

As you grow up and greater depth is wanted by you there are the educational facilities where you can get the progress you want. These are mainly libraries, research institutions where you yourself must find what you want to know and the teachers that you need. Companies have an obligation to let you see what they do, so you can learn what you want when you want to.

Several foreign languages should be part of all people’s knowledge, and travelling abroad in a systematic way should be encouraged.

Education should be a life long process where you can get in when you feel like it, when you want some new knowledge, a new skill.

This is a rudimentary sketch of a future educational system, and the consequences of changes such as these would be significant. These thoughts will be developed further. There are many reasons to think of a new educational system with a much broader base for everyone. That way we can do more ourselves so that we need less money and the job requirement is reduced.

The politics of money is ripe for a deep change too, the distribution of wealth must be reshaped, the participation principles in democracies must be broadened.

It all hangs together, so we must all start to piece our thinking together.

Your learning is much of the basis of what you are  so consider that deeply. You were born a human with broad possibilities so we must all take that into consideration when we decide what we want to learn and what we will be. If you are a super specialist in a huge company, you may soon find yourself super useless.

Broad education, man, broad! And yes remember lifelong too. The aim is of course to help you be your own person, genuinely free, wholly  independent, happy.

The schools of the future – it’ll be part of your life!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Schools of the future will be great – and education will be a life-lasting part of your life. Imagine: you will never finish school and you will love it.

Established societies everywhere make curriculi that they want children to learn in schools. Children are taught basic skills and given a lot of knowledge in many areas. This is supposed to last for a lifetime. At universities you are taught more open techniques so that you can find out for yourself, specialize, do independent thinking, be a creative force if you want to and have the abilities. But increasingly we realize that knowledge of all kinds is constantly evolving, finding new forms and surprises.

Educational systems are constantly developing and new directions are sought all the time. The places where teaching takes place, the equipment, teachers qualifications, the length of education, the skills …..

New elements are now being pondered and also used: new open designs for locations, networking, communication skills, search techniques, project work, business ventures as part of  schools, participative thinking, more  languages to be taught, part time teachers from the professions, more weight on the creative side of arts and performances, seamless progression from schools to more advanced learning and then into a career or job.

And then you will have the possibility to do more: to refresh knowledge, to change your path, to find  business partners through education projects, to do specific subjects that you need for your next business venture or performing career, to do a general refreshment course, to learn more languages or whatever you need.

We will see adult education and human resource management on a societal level. New approaches may be needed, and we need to build understanding of good processes – some transformative thinking could be useful.

The approach should be practical – you learn as you do, you turn knowing into doing. The approach must be widened as education is about the future, about sustainability.

Learning will part of your life from you are little and to the end of your life – if you want to – and it will improve your life. The thinking is evolving, so are the institutions, the teachers, society, the business world.

It is all yours!