Education Is Failing Us

Acquiring the tools for living

educateIn a more perfect world education would be about sharing and learning about life and all its processes, it would be about becoming a responsible human being in an intelligent civilisation. However as we are governed by ignorance and strength, learning has degraded into learning how to survive in a corrupted world.

Our modern education system is a corrupted version of an ancient Hindu system that taught children how to live in harmony with life which is why before the arrival of Islam and colonialism, it was the world's most advanced civilisation that had no need to go to war and yet had some capacity to defend itself although there was probably no Hindu who could imagine what was coming 1300 years ago.

We can't teach our children everything, and perhaps is more important to teach them respect for life and to stimulate their natural curiosity about the nature of reality. In doing this they may acquire a degree of sensibility that they may collectively make the world a better place which requires a transformation of human thinking as well as our economic and social structures.

"One of the things that they are saying is if a child goes through 20 years of formal education and comes out, a large percentage of his intelligence is irrevocably destroyed. That means he is coming out as a very knowledgeable idiot. They are suggesting that one of the best ways to impart education is to impart it in the form of stories or in the form of play. A little effort has been made in that direction, but most of the education in the world has remained hugely suppressive. The huge volume of information suppresses your intelligence unless it is given to you in a certain form, and the story form of teaching would be the best way." Sadhguru

Many parents and educators find that their children do not do well at school, they act out and sometimes even drop out and this is because to a large extent they are confused and frustrated by the general disrespect for life shown within civilisation and the bigotry and conflict that exists within local and large communities.

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education." ~ George Bernard Shaw

They are taught that marriage is the ideal and yet they can see that their parents aren't happy or connected as an efficient unit and they can see the explosiveness in the world around them. Kids are not stupid and yet the modern education system and the modern lifestyle continues to offend them and those whose spirit is broken become good citizens and those who can retain their spirit become rebels and unfortunately some of the rebels end up doing more harm than good.

What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like “critical thinking,” “diversity,” “ways of knowing,” “social justice,” and “cultural competence.”

Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. ~ Minding The Campus

Don't go to college:
Not long ago, a college education meant access to resources and networks that most people didn't have. But thanks to rapid technological advancement in the information age, that time has passed. In fact, not only has access to information increased; the cost of its delivery has never been cheaper. Despite this, we've seen college tuition increase over 2.5 times the inflation rate. At the same time, the networking appeal of college has been significantly reduced by the sheer number of college attendees nowadays, while social media, on the other hand, has paved the way for more precise and meaningful networking. ~ Forbes


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