“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.”
The above quote by philosopher Hannah Arendt provides a wonderful description of education’s goal. For most of us schools are something different though. It would be blessing if we found such a teacher as Hannah describes. Schools can do a great deal to break rather than further the natural urge to explore the world. An urge that any baby’s eyes reveal. To be sure, we have abolished some of the worst parts of formal education such as rote learning or corporal punishments. But most schools produce docility and dull resentment. And none teach the skills we need to survive in the real world. None teach the most important skills we need. How to nurture and grow our self esteem, how to manage relationships and how to find meaningful work. Today’s schooling may be better than none at all, but it often does not provide the nourishment the body and soul need to flourish.
The internet can be a useful tool here. True it can act as a source of distraction and create an artificial world where we only care about how we are seen through others eyes. But it also contains a wealth of information and many entrepreneurs are stepping in to fill the gap left by formal education. The meaningoflife.life has this goal and we spend a lot of the time researching and helping our readers, but there are others with the same goal also and links their resources are found on our site. The internet also provides the means for lots of distant education and we provide courses or links to courses that we feel will help our readers.
Good education is the work of generations. We are all the products of education we did not choose. Today’s textbooks and teaching methods are better the than the last generations. There are signs of innovation around. The next generations teaching book and methods will be better. We each build on the progress of our predecessors.
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