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Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?

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    May 9 2013: What baffles me is that the Education system almost nowhere in the world include in syllabus Ethics, Philosophy and Morality from young age of learning. What is the purpose of any education if it does not encourage free and critical thinking on the foundation of a reason-based ethics/morality?
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      May 9 2013: "What is the purpose of any education if it does not encourage free and critical thinking on the foundation of a reason-based ethics/morality?"

      This is a difficult issue.

      I agree that encouraging thinking and individuality as a result should be the core, but it should go hand-in-hand with ethics/morality with humanism at its foundation.

      I agree, Philosophy should be present in education systems, as morality and ethics are most often there already, unprejudiced and non-biased. One should not wait til college to learn about Aristotle, Plato, Confucius and other great thinkers the world has had.

      "Reason-based ethics/morality" - I'm a bit unsure about this term, what do you mean?
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        May 9 2013: Reason-based ethics/morality = Ethics/morality arising independently out of pure reasoning and not faith based religions. The Sam Harris kind.

        Yes morality and ethics are there but the stress is on religious faith.

        I agree on your point of humanism. But with a caveat. A clear border should be drawn between humanism and anthropocentrism.
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          May 9 2013: "Reason-based ethics/morality = Ethics/morality arising independently out of pure reasoning and not faith based religions."

          Ok, I understand better now, I was unsure as I thought that this term itself could be misinterpreted and misused against people of other faiths. I would add - encouraging not be attached to previous presuppositions especially if they can be harmful, either to the individual or other groups around the individual.

          "Yes morality and ethics are there but the stress is on religious faith." - what do you mean? It can be attached to religious faith, but shouldn't be, can be freed from it.

          "I agree on your point of humanism. But with a caveat. A clear border should be drawn between humanism and anthropocentrism."
          I agree.
          Gandhi said that you can see how moral the nation is by looking at how it treats its animals.
          However - if a nation treats the animals well, but not the humans - is it moral?
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        May 10 2013: Morality and ethics that spring forth from faith based religion have an absolute, unchallenged, divine authority of God, in a sense of meaning that God is the ideal of morality. Problem with this idea is that there are sevral versions of God and therefore slightly different versions of morality. Sometimes these slight differences can grow out of hand. I personally find the unquestioning submission somewhat scary.
        Yes it can be freed. But it is not being freed to my satisfaction at least. Religious morality is here to stay for some time more, IMO.
        Gandhi's idea of non-violence and basic human dignity with a frugal lifestyle were remarkable. However his ideas of morality were not free from religious affiliation. Treating anything or anybody well within a reason-based morality will mean practically executable actions on the basis of the greatest common good or to avoid the worst possible common suffering imaginable. Within that framework any treatment will be fairly moral for humans and animals.
    • May 11 2013: The easy question to challenge this is whose morals, ethics, and philosophy do you teach? Those who do teach it are often criticized for their teaching of said subjects. In the states, this is a highly contentious subject in any school district.
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        May 11 2013: When it comes to teaching - you are supposed to place morals, ethics and philosophy of all major authorship and source without attaching any qualification to those. You are also supposed to place all evidences, records, facts, events or connections to lead to those without favoring any of those. Then, if you are teaching really, encourage the student to think and decide for himself/herself which of those makes sense to him/her.
        When it comes to teaching you are supposed to ignite young minds to take none and nothing as authority.
        This is the essence of education for any country for all time.

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