I was listening to Ted Talks on NPR the other day and got into this interesting discussion on education that I thought was really eye-opening and yet, so obvious to anyone involved in education, that it was hard to rectify. The conclusion seemed to be that our global educational system (the new technologies have spawned this) is still based in a corporate, industrial model which blatantly favors conformity and rule following, rather than encouraging the creativity we need to engender in future generations, if we are going to be able to deal with the problems we are facing as a bio-system on the face of a finite planet.
I find that, especially here in Costa Rica, where so many kids are home schooled, that the creativity seems to flourish but sometimes the other areas that our current cultural background appears to value are neglected. All too often this tradeoff puts the home schooled student at a disadvantage, lacking what are deemed “validation” by industry; degrees and certifications which were largely designed to maintain control over labor costs by the upper classes.
Consider this. What if what I am proposing here; that there is a 4th dimension and that it is what nature uses; and what if we could teach children how that system works. They wouldn’t have to give up anything but, the possibility of what those children could do with the new level of understanding offered them, is limitless.