Rethinking Education – Part 1
Education is not about molding children the way you think they should be modeled.
Education is about organizing the natural longing in a human being to know. Longing to know is the job of schools and teachers.
There is a big pressure in today’s world. Children need to learn how to cope with competition which leads to frustration and stress that they will encounter in future.
Is it really the way we want our society to be – to compete with the one sitting next to us?
In this mode of competition only one can win. Is someone inspired by this kind of things?
One of the biggest triggers for all the pressure is that people tend to put all the others in the same pattern.
If they don’t know what others know, it is all of a sudden a problem.
Each child is unique and schools use standards where every child must fit. Not just school, later on it is job, corporations, big businesses etc.
True human capabilities cannot find their expressions in competition and molding.
In other words, being a good student or a good worker makes you be one step ahead of others, maybe.
But is that what the ultimate potential as human being is all about?
If you are not joyful and at peace, then the human potentials and abilities will not blossom. If you are not joyful and at peace, why is it important to be the best at school, job or business anyway?
You can be the best student of all generations or the best employer, but lack a basic human values or simple joy.
Essentially, education is about enlarging the horizons of human perception.
Once you make one thing bigger than the other, one thing smaller, one thing low, one high, you miss the whole point.
The importance of education is to enhance your perception so that you know that you are able to perceive that “a blade of grass is as important as the coconut tree”.
Our mode of education takes differences as something bad, and then we end up having prejudices about the nations, cultures, religions.
Another big thing that should be pointed out is fun. Many people think learning should be strict. Why can’t it be fun?
Do you agree with this? Which parts make sense for you and which don’t?
Follow up with Part 2.