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How can we build a better educational system?

I've been realizing more and more that our education system is pretty much designed to benefit only the corporations that run this world. I'm talking about the heavy emphasis on maths and sciences and not enough focus on helping the children find their passion by planting dreams in their capable minds.

Personally, I think it would be great if the variety of courses that we are able to take were widened, and if we get passionate teachers that know how to teach and want to teach. What I mean by knowing "how to teach" is if the person is able to get someone else up to their level of knowledge in something they are passionate about, and make it fun in the process! I think that defines a great teacher/professor, in any subject. That way, we'll be able to have a much more intelligent generation full of happy people who are doing what they want to do and are great at it! Ultimately that would benefit all of us as a species.

I know it may sound very ideal, but with time I think it is definitely possible.

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  • Aug 3 2012: The world we live in is a vast, wondrous, and intricate system. Every part of it is connected to and dependent upon all the other parts. For many decades, this complexity was hidden from us. We'd see the world as a collection of elements not necessarily connected to each other, and certainly not as interdependent as we are now discovering.

    Within the education systems, the perception of reality as separate elements divided into discrete topics is still the predominant paradigm. The new, integral view, relates to the world as an interconnected system. This perception is the basis of the Integral Education , and thus defines a new, integrated approach to teaching. In doing so, it ushers the students into an integrated perception of reality, aligning them with today's integrated reality. In the integral education method, the student does not learn separate topics in a "linear" fashion. Rather, each topic is presented from the "circular" perspective, illustrating its connection to all the other topics.
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      Aug 3 2012: I still believe "linear" way of teaching is useful when someone has found their passion and wants to continue down the road of knowledge. Since there has been so many discoveries, in order to make new discoveries you need to be up to date in your knowledge, which can be done efficiently with "linear" learning.
      However, to find the passion I believe "circular" learning will be effective at showing the different sides and interactions between the trees of information. By observing the full bird's eye view of the world, I think students will be able to make a more informed decision with regards to their future than just going in blind to something they might not even like by the end.
      • Aug 16 2012: "This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation." - Albert Einstein

        Our challenge today is not so much to acquire knowledge as it is to acquire the social skills to help ourselves and our children overcome and abundant alienation, suspicion, and mistrust we encounter today. To prepare us and our children for life in the 21st century, we need a school that teaches what makes our reality what it is, and what can we do to change it.
        This does not mean that disseminating knowledge should stop, but that these lessons should be part of a larger story that reaches students how to cope in the world they are about to enter. They should be able to leave the classroom and use this knowledge to grasp the full picture of reality and the forces that design it, and to understand how they can use it to their benefit.
        In nearly every country in the world, education systems are designed to prod students to aim for personal achievements. The higher the student 's grades, the higher his or her social status. In America, as in many countries in the West, this system not only measures how students perform, but how they perform in relation to others. This makes students not only want to excel, but inevitably makes them want their fellow students to fail.
        In a globalized world where every person is dependent on the success and well-being of every other person, this Educational system must be reformed from it's root. Instead of trying to achieve personal distinction, the objectives should be to excel in promoting the success of the collective. This is the achievement that should ideally be most recognized and revered in our schools.
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          Aug 16 2012: "Instead of trying to achieve personal distinction, the objectives should be to excel in promoting the success of the collective. "

          Thank you Karl Marx

          Can you give me an example where this has been conducive to the individual?
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          Aug 16 2012: I agree with everything you said in this comment. That Einstein quote is incredibly accurate even for today's tough times (probably because no one heeded it). I thank you for your input.

          I think the problem with the individualistic point of view in regards to academic achievement is that the real world doesn't actually work on individual success. It takes a team player to achieve anything greater than what any individual could do.
          To play in a team, you simply must have the ability to flawlessly communicate with your team members. This might include acts such as setting aside petty squabbles, staying focused on the task at hand, being organized, voicing your valid opinions with supporting arguments, listening to other opinions (just as important if not more), and to have a positive attitude or an understanding of how morale works. These are a few skills that would serve anyone incredible benefits in a team environment.

          These skills are almost implied in courses that I've taken in university. But never taught as a stand alone course. It boggles my mind because some of these skills will drastically improve the lives of many people who don't possess these skills.

          I think the best way to rebel against the current school system is to start a new one.
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          Aug 17 2012: I believe that pat gilbert has made a serious misinterpretation of what appears a very obvious meaning on the part of Aviva Visoli. But best demonstrated by examples as requested.

          Example 1: Mother Teresa's objectives.
          Example 2: Martin Luther King Jr.'s objectives.
          Example 3: Albert Einstein's objectives.
          Example 4: Jonas Salk's objectives.
          etc., etc., etc.

          Those not making this "Marxist" listing:

          Example 1: Tiger Woods's objectives.
          Example 2; Madonna's objectives.
          Example 3: Kim Kardashian's objectives.
          Example 4: Donald Trump's objectives.
          etc., etc., etc.

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