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Maaher Sayeed

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Do basic core educational systems enable global understanding and cooperation?

The world has been changing rapidly in last 30 years with the help of technology and easy access to create, gather and share information. We are certainly living in more global societies than we did 20 year ago. As the cultures mix and people learn to co exist, learn from each other and progress towards better futures, are the educational system aligned to develop the young fresh eager to learn minds to understand and cope with tomorrow’s world?
Many core curricula consist of nationalist and internal focused studies, but often fail to educate the young minds of global contributions and progress made towards human development. Some countries go to the extent of developing hatred towards other nations by teaching carefully developed lessons that feed certain political and national interests. Several cultures from different continents have contributed positively in terms of inventions and major discoveries which is essential for the young minds to learn at an early age. This enables them to understand, respect and value other cultures and cope with the global societies better in the future world.
Are there any significant changes made or are being made globally, especially in the developing countries, to educate young minds on such global contributions that enable them to respect other cultures and promote global integrated thinking towards progress?


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    Feb 19 2013: Great questions Maaher!

    I cannot know about developing countries - the responses in this thread from those with first-hand experience will be interesting

    To the question of enabling global understanding and cooperation?

    Yes and no:
    Yes - if education is practiced as an active choice of students (student learns).
    No - if it is practiced as an active choice of teachers (student is trained).
    The former is true education, the latter is indoctrination.
    Indoctrination is a form of violence.
    Violence breeds violence - the opposite of understanding and cooperation.

    The default state of the human is to understand and cooperate.
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      Feb 19 2013: Mitch, I cant agree with you more on "indoctrination" on how and what young eager minds are being fed and it being a form of violence. This is where the problem lies in obvious light and yet being systematically avoided from being addressed. Hatred and disrespect is being fed in such minds from the basic stages in several countries where individuals grow up blinded by carefully doctored bias which hinders progress and true development. yet they eventually end up facing the reality of global interaction and dinter dependencies.

      I guess that is where your "Yes - if education... becomes a Necessity.
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        Feb 19 2013: Hi Maaher,

        The indoctrination method of forced training has gradually polluted the cornerstone role of education established during the rennaisance. This is the boiling of frogs under the heat of a class war in which the indocrinated became synomamous with "working class" and now has grown to include a minion group called "middle class".
        I am pleased to see the minion class dissintegrating at this time - the choices are now stark.
        In the agrarian model there are only farmers, sheep sheepdogs and wolves.
        The pack is the only place remaining that honours family and the succour of children.
        Interesting times indeed.

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