Education is important but what do we want from it?
The aim of education should be to prepare us for the challenges of adult life yet, from this perspective, its clear that schools fail all but a tiny portion of their students – trouble dealing with life’s challenges remains widespread
Human ingenuity, energy, good will and talent is being lost on an industrial scale.
We dont necessarily need to spend more money on education, build more schools, hire more teachers or make exams more difficult rather we should focus on the real purpose of education…two fundamental tasks education should help us with: working and sustaining good relationships.
A new curriculum might include the following:
1. Capitalism – we find it hard to change capitalism’s bad sides or defend its strengths because we dont fully understand how it works. Math should be geared to teaching its primary utility for 99% of us…dealing with money.
- Such classes would demystify the global economy by teaching students the importance of the means of production and how profits are made.
2. Your self – young students would be introduced to the idea that we humans are extremely prone to misunderstanding ourselves. They’d be taken through concepts of delusion, defensiveness, projection and denial in everyday life.
- Tutors would be on hand to help students draw personality maps with attention to their neuroses and fears. This would ensure students learn how complex they truly are and what types of people they would be best suited to hang out with.
- Career self knowledge would be crucial – explore what job you are best suited to.
- Relationships – being intensely aware of the social and individual cost of every unhappy relationship, an ideal education system would emphasize the acquisition of skills that help people to live better together
- Kindness, forgiveness and anxiety reduction techniques would be taught
Not only children going to school but adults as well and school would be lifelong
It would not take place just in classrooms but media and the arts would be made to maximize their teaching potential
We’re so hung up on the challenges of running a massive education system that we’re failing to pinpoint the real source of its problems…not money, salaries or discipline…right now and with no one quite meaning for this to happen, we’ve simply got the wrong curriculum.