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What kind of education reform do we need?

Human consciousness is powered by intelligence and emotional intelligence. While we have hundreds of subjects/courses to educate our intelligence we have zero courses for educating our emotional intelligence. We not only ignore emotional intelligence education, we even pollute our emotional intelligence with wrong beliefs and prejudices. The time has come to wake up to the fact that we must create a compulsory subject that teaches emotional intelligence.

We have researched emotional intelligence for the last 35+ years and have figured out that emotional intelligence at the super mature stage is none other than wisdom. We have also found that wisdom is a cover word for the attributes of selflessness. Thus wisdom, which is the highest educated stage of emotional intelligence is selflessness. Thus wisdom education is selflessness education which means that wisdom education is simply selfishness removing education.

Our current education system creates phony self images instead of developing the real self. The real self is innately wise and our education goal has to be to create the pure self in each and every student. The pure self is generated by the pure brain. The pure brain is a product of an emotional baggage free brain. This emotional baggage is none other than selfishness.

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  • Mar 31 2012: Your video is awesome! It highlights the education problems beautifully. The real problem is that our experts who sincerely want to reform education have very little clue to the differences between brain and mind. Given the different nature of the brain and mind the way to educate the two is also different. The brain acts/reacts/thinks physically in biochemical reactions. The mind thinks in words but even this thinking emerges through the physical activity of the brain. So it is the quality of the brain that determines the quality of the mind. We have hundreds of subjects to teach/educate the mind and hardly any clue of how to teach the brain.

    The problem is that the brain requires more than education. The brain requires therapy to physically change the brain. We already have therapies that make the subnormal into normal, we must use the same to make the subnormal brain and even the so called normal brain into super normal brains.

    We educate the brain the same way we educate the mind. It is like teaching everyone to become a singer even when one has no singing talent. We educate the brain by providing knowledge. by pleading, preaching, coaxing and even threatening and through rewards and punishment. It is like pouring fresh and clean water into a glass that is itself producing dirty and stale water. The fresh knowledge gets overwhelmed/polluted with the brain generated stale/ill knowledge.

    My conversation with Dr. Melody Burns, the Director of Domestic Policy at the White House is the perfect example of how ignorant our education leaders are. When I explained to her that we should teach the 4th R of reality/truth she said that she has her own R of responsibility! I asked her, how is she going to teach responsibility? I said let me guess. You are going to teach by imparting knowledge, pleading and preaching! Well responsibility is an innate part of wisdom and can you teach wisdom? She had no answer! The problem of emotionally challenged brains has to be addressed
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    Mar 31 2012: Great question Sajid! Here is a slam poem that I wrote that attempts to answer this question. Id love to hear what you think about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyMFdlQTLS0
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    Mar 6 2012: However many kinds there are.
    • Mar 7 2012: I do not get what you are saying please explain.
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        Mar 7 2012: I simply mean that public education is in such dire straits that any, and every, possible reform must be considered.
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    Mar 6 2012: No reforn can occur until the problems that have caused the failure of our current sysem are reconized. First remove the book publishers that dictate our learning, second remove test developers that assume what is necessary and write tests to evaluate that belief, third eleminate government intervention and common core standards, and last put local controls back into education. When all of this has occured put a duel track system in place that addresses both college prep and manual trades. There are literally thousands of ways to address curriculum and syllabus design. So I suggest that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Remove the evil and see the good.
    • Mar 7 2012: You have pinned the problem. No matter what form the problem is the fundamental cause is always self interest. It is greed, over confidence, the desire for power and wealth etc. Even the idea that the government knows best what policy is good for the students, it all stems from selfishness.

      /Remove the evil (and not just) see the good (but implement the good)/ is exactly right. Good and evil are moral concepts and in education terms it is ignorance and knowledge; in psychology/science terms good is selflessness and evil is selfishness.

      The way we teach good is through preaching, persuading and by imparting knowledge. But good and evil are physical innate properties of the brain. It is like trying to teach a pig table manners; so what we need to do is physically change the brain from evil to good. We need to introduce an extra subject that removes selfishness generating properties from the brain. It can be done.
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      Mar 31 2012: What do you think- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyMFdlQTLS0
  • Mar 5 2012: I have the blue print for making the world wise but I cannot do it alone. I need the whole Ted community to take up my projects as your own. Then we can together make real education reform.
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    Mar 4 2012: We need a simpler education system, not involving too much bureaucracy and management.

    I have a few suggestion :
    1. Focus on the students
    2. Cooperation based, not a competition based
    3. Teach lessons for real life, besides just exact social and science

    Education is really a tough problem. It's true because it affects the life of many people.

    Sorry if my argument is too simple, I'm still a student and English is just my third language.
    • Mar 4 2012: The beauty of reality is that all the great answers of life that are explainable are simple. Look at the greatest science formula E = MCSquared! Education affects the life of all people.

      Human consciousness is generated on two wheels. One is intelligence and the other is emotional intelligence. We take good care of the wheel of intelligence while we not only ignore and neglect the wheel of emotional intelligence we even puncture it with false beliefs and prejudices.

      I am glad that you are on the right track and doing well even in your third language. Keep up the good work.
  • Mar 4 2012: Good question. What kind of education reform do we
    need? Should there be an education of our emotional
    intelligence? Would that make a difference?

    I have two problems with education. With schools. Kids
    learn nothing in school. School is a big waste of time.
    All those years in school are gone.

    This is how it is. Kids are schooling. Maybe later they
    go to a college or an university. When they are
    finished they start working.

    63% of them end up in a job that they hate when they
    are a little bit older. And 96% of them have nothing
    when they retire.

    Things would be much better if schools, were telling
    the kids about life. Schools should tell them how to
    handle life. What to do.

    If schools do that, then:

    1. You have kids that find a job that they love to do.
    In fact. They are not working. They are conducting
    their hobby every day.

    2. They have enough money for the rest of their life.
    They have learned how to save money. They have
    learned about investing money.

    3. The kids are leading a happy life. They are not
    frustrated and shouting at everybody around them.
    They love their family.
    • Mar 4 2012: Human intelligence is a compound of regular intelligence; which gets educated through our current education system and emotional intelligence which gets educated through mostly upbringing. Both are equally needed. Each is incomplete without the other. In fact when children start school they need an emotionally healthy/intelligent brain to be able to focus on learning. To make sure that each and every brain is emotionally ready to focus on learning we must put aside one period every day for teaching emotional intelligence.

      Your suggestions are a good start for education improvement but understand emotional intelligence at the super mature stage, which we have found, is none other than wisdom cannot be taught. This is why telling/teaching the kids does not work. we have to physically get to stop the brain from generating emotionally challenged behavior. This means emotional intelligence education is brain therapy. Please google, 4th r foundation' for more information.
  • Mar 4 2012: It depends on the goal of the educators:

    1. Money
    Objective: give people a reason to pay extra for your education above others
    Reform: Invest in staff, technology resources, and business connections to foster the school and gain reputation. Convince people that paying for the education will be profitable to them in the long run.
    Subjects taught in school: anything you want
    End result: A Profitable and politically correct business

    2. Educating the leaders of tomorrow
    Objective: provide a place where people can learn of the ways of the world and prepare them to change the world without charging a penny over the overhead costs.
    Reform: Spread awareness of the school, acquire employees with the same life goal of making a better future through education. Convince others to give you money to do so.
    Subjects Taught: Business, Politics, History, Math, Sciences, Languages, etc.
    End Result: An educated society with the necessary authorities put in place to continue future education.

    3. Evolving a society that believes what you believe in
    Objective: Creating a world where everyone believes in the same things, a world without debate, without war, all under the creed you assign them (scary, right?)
    Reform: I am not the evil supervillain I like to think I am. I have no idea how you would pull this off.
    Subjects taught: Ideology 101 - 451
    Result: A world where you are the bridge between the masses and happiness. A blind civilization available to do your bidding.

    You will find that modern schools feature an eclectic mix of these three goals. They reform based on which goal they wish to foster growth in: Profit, Worldly Improvement, or Allegiance.

    I would like to think that we need Worldly Improvement. Isn't that why we're all here at this website?
    • Mar 4 2012: Your suggestions are brilliant but they mostly still improve regular education.

      Human intelligence is a compound of regular intelligence; which gets educated through our current education system and emotional intelligence which gets educated through mostly upbringing. Both are equally needed. Each is incomplete without the other. In fact when children start school they need an emotionally healthy/intelligent brain to be able to focus on learning. To make sure that each and every brain is emotionally ready to focus on learning we must put aside one period every day for teaching emotional intelligence.

      Your suggestions are a good start for education improvement but understand emotional intelligence at the super mature stage, which we have found, is none other than wisdom cannot be taught. This is why telling/teaching the kids does not work. we have to physically get to stop the brain from generating emotionally challenged behavior. This means emotional intelligence education is brain therapy. Please google, 4th r foundation' for more information.