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Exploring Natural Wisdom

There is so much talk about wisdom and yet the way that we educate our children is the very antithesis of what it is all about. One of my own favourite Einstein quotes is 'We can't solve the problems of the world using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them'. In Ian Gilbert's new book 'Why do I need a teacher when I've got Google?' he explores the issue of a rapidly changing world where we all have information at our fingertips and how more and more people are calling for educational change:

"How much of what goes on in schools is the development of children's own thinking - 'education' - and how much of it is transferring to them our own thoughts - the 'schooling' that John Taylor Gatto refers to in the preface of this book? There's a case for both, but the argument against just doing the latter, and at the expense of the former, has gone from a low murmer amongst marginalized teachers, to a more powerful and concerted call to arms."

Of corse the word education comes for the Latin educare "bring up", which is related to educere "bring out", "bring forth what is within", "bring out potential" and ducere, "to lead", whereas schooling denotes a formal institution designed for the teaching of students under the supervision of teachers. One is bottom up and about the internal needs of the individual, the other top down and about the external needs of the culture - what matters is how we achieve a harmonious balance between the two. But there is then a third factor that encompasses them both and that is how they respond to the needs of the larger system within which they exist. And that is all about wisdom.

I go into the subject much more on my dedicated education network


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