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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 14 2012: The students' desires are key in long-term education. I feel it's a balance of education (to draw out that which is latent in someone) and training. Education is based in the moment, the unknown, because the teacher can't know for certain what is needed in the classroom until the student(s) initiate a need, a desire. It might be a subtle initiation, but it must come from the student for the information to stick.

    Training is based in the past "these are the steps, this is how it works and how it'll always work". Factual. Most schooling is really training, not education, unfortunately.

    But we, and I say we because I believe it's important to be life-long learners, need a mixture of both to explore the world and how we want to shape it. You can teach me how to cut vegetable with a knife (training) and I may or may not really remember it, even after drilling and testing, unless I originally came to you with the desire or curiosity about cooking. Then the knife skill is needed... wanted. It supports my exploration in to my curiosity about cooking.

    School can and should be like that. Math is important... to those that want to use it. The arts are important... to those that want to use it.

    There are universal skills that can be taught and/or supported to help us all recognize our interests: empathy, vulnerability, failing gloriously, ownership, awareness, self-observation, group dynamics, collective leadership, intention, commitment and play. The last skill, play, is vitally important. It's the work of children, how they original explore the world and they're place in it. So, it doesn't need to be taught, it needs to be supported and extended into every day activities. Play is curiosity. Play is creativity. Play is the key to joyful learning, which has no end-date.

    I'm excited to hear your passion to start a new school. Do it! Clear intentions addressing a solid need... we need more of that. Do it now. :)
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      Aug 16 2012: Thank you for your knowledgeable input and encouraging words! :D

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