The final idea is about education. The root of this word is ‘educe’ coming from latin ‘educo’ meaning to bring out or draw forth. Our current concept of public education however leans more toward systematic indoctrination.
The social engineers of the 30′s had to design the public education system around what the leaders of industry were doing. It is basically a training ground for factory workers who learn to do their work, don’t make mistakes, keep their head down and listen to the boss. This wasn’t a conspiracy, it was a necessity in order to facilitate our next step in growth. The problem is that it is no longer working because the model is outdated.
The public system is the de facto standard education. It teaches us to not only become good factory workers but also to function as consumers of culture rather than creators of culture.
Our brains are organic problem solving machines and the interface that organizes sensory inputs from chaotic wave patterns into a coherent reality structure. Try and say that five times really fast!!!
So here the idea:
There is only ONE problem on this planet and that is a mindset. There isn’t an infinite amount of problems to stress about and solve.
Rather than relegate ourself to the notion of “that’s just the way it is” and train ourself to function as a robot we could become child-like to the world around us again. School doesn’t necessarily need to become Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium but it does require a shift in thought.
We basically have to discontinue the plan of keeping people dumb in order to get them to do the shitty things that smart people don’t want to do. Yes, we are all in this together and each have something amazing to contribute.
The following are what I see as the foundational pillars for a revitalized education plan:
1. Curiosity and play. The neural activity in the brain of a curious and playing human being is off the charts compared to a passive brain.
2. Critical thinking. Differentiating between opinion and fact is essential. The internet is filled with shitty information and we all know what opinions are like.
3. Creative thinking. “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, so sayeth Einstein. Innovation and invention applications for the creative mind. This is where we become creators of culture and see time as art. The human being is an experiential artist.
4. Language development. Children under the age of 7 can learn up to 11 simultaneous languages so why isn’t this a global standard? What happens to our brain when we create new languages?
5. Emotional awareness. I.Q. means nothing if we are unaware of our emotional responses to experience.
One thing I typically felt about school was that it wasn’t engaging all aspects of the human being. I like the idea of having a project focused learning environment. What I mean by this is that we could easily learn math by building a house as opposed to sitting in a desk.
We could become so much more creative and intelligent as a species but we are not yet smart enough to facilitate ourselves in activating that potential. The beauty about this educational model is that we can start right now to activate it in our own brain. We don’t have to tear everything down and start from scratch. We just need to recreate our world from the inside out starting with the only thing that we actually have control over… our brain.