There seems to be something wrong with the way we educate our children and given the reactions to my previous post, I don’t seem to be the only one having this belief. I came across a video on YouTube which is pretty awesome in this respect. A college graduate wondering what 18 years of formal education have really brought her, followed by a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson. Have a look: http://bit.ly/zwUNb0 Nic Askew has produced something similar, equally worthwhile: http://www.nicaskew.com/2012/03/re-imagining-education/
I may have mentioned this before but the root of the word ‘to educate’ seems to be quite different from the practice in our, uhh, educational system. http://bit.ly/GAIMki It is something like ‘to guide to the outside’, rather than being told what to do. And the word ‘school’ as an interesting etymological background as well: http://bit.ly/GCqJZb Something to do with ‘leisure’ or ‘free time’. Wow, quite interesting to think what it means in practice and in theory when we say: I have been educated at school! 🙂
The practice has become to be trained in a kind of standardised academic intelligence, therewith forgoing a huge potential of different skills, competencies and intelligences (and success and fulfillment for the individual students) I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that this old system has done a bunch of people really good. But with the changed landscape where we don’t know how the economy will look like by Tuesday next week it is weird that there seems to be no critical mass available to rethink and reshape the way we educate our children. It seems to be a long way to get to a tipping point from which point onward we will actually start to educate our children and transform the business of teaching into a sustainable practice of education. And give our children the free time to be educated, taking them as the starting point.
I see it as my mission to allow as many people as possible to connect with their personal calling, their personal destiny, higher purpose, mission, whatever label you would like to use. Living our destiny takes our individual and unique identity as the starting point. It will bring freedom and accountability as the same time. And somehow, making the transition from a life based on fitting in (somebody other’s ‘suspected expectations) yo your own life, based on your own calling requires courage. Reclaiming our inherent freedom requires courage. And probably also living examples which can be found where we least expect them: indeed, with our children.
Let me know how you think we could start changing our educational system. It’s certainly not going to be simple, I’m sure.
Love and Blessings,