Educating Education is a research based analyses of existing educational systems in Europe suggesting how the future of education could look like. Education is the basis for the well being of an individual on the long term and should be one of the core topics for governments.
Imagine being a new-born in a civilisation. You are born in an established societal structure. Your existence is planned, every stage in your life is regulated, corresponds to certain responsibilities towards the republic, kingdom, dictatorship,… or whatever you live in.
In order to be able to function within this complex system with its rules, one needs to be able to read and understand what it all corresponds to. Therefore public education was invented. Going through this mould individuals get a common ground of understanding and ability to
perform for the further thriving of society. Just as to obtain a strong army, soldiers are educated to understand the language of their superiors and to obey to orders. Education mainly focuses on creating obeying beings and giving them the tools to function, but does it also give the necessary understanding of the reasons why they do so? Does teach its subjects the consequences of their actions? E.g. It is a natural behaviour to throw the remains of a eaten banana on the ground, but we need to be taught that the same is not possible with a plastic bottle.
The creation of artificial materials has the consequence that such a reflex is not appropriate. So, does it teach a constant questioning of the existing situations and structures for their validity? Does it teach us to live?? So since responsibilities are grounded in education, it seems logical to consider investigating the roots of responsibility in our current society? How does education educate? What does it really teach, and what does it not teach? Does it make sense, or could it make more sense?
As far as we can trace back mankind’s history, skills and knowledge were transmitted orally the next generation with the main purpose of survival. Until the Romans where the first educational system with grades was born. This system formed the backbone for the schools of the 19th century. The industrialization of the 19th century was ground for public education of the masses, not only the elite anymore. Factories needed workforce that were at least able to communicate equally and sometimes read or write. But as time passed by we held on to this same structure of education that did not really move along with time. Still we try to fit people into boxes that correspond to the professions, which are the building blocks of our society. But as the world is ever changing, the globalized world gave birth to new economic structures with different responsibilities, opportunities and challenges. Isn´t it time to bring down our 19th century perspective on our society? In a world that is experiencing and acceleration of changes, aren´t we relying upon an old system, which has to be reconsidered urgently? Maybe the system that we created to fit people into boxes, should become a system in which we educate people to create their own boxes. What if education would focus not only on giving tools of knowledge but also tools of self-knowledge, selfbildung to create people that have the wish to contribute in their own way, with their own strength to our society. Laying the focus not only on uniform thinking people but critically and creative thinking people that shape a flexible society.
The perspective is a vision of an educational system that takes in account all facts proven to be good in existing structures and other considerable investigations by philosophers and researchers to educate people to agile, critically and creative thinkers.
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