MichaelEmeryArt

Education

Living with Style-I often think of seeing a group of Indigenous women washing along side a stream,surrounded by nature,woods the sky,all the children of varying ages ,playing,helping,just partaking in the whole present event.Learning from each other,telling stories...living.....this could be the way humans were meant to live,today we could adapt a similar style if we where creative and tried-me

The only way to recover from what we have done Through out our Educational system(parenting and schools),is to really step back and take a long hard look at it,,,cause it isn't working properly

"If all we use our Brains for is to store "facts",then the soon we'll have to find someone else to "Use" these facts,like a personal computer which holds and contains,recalls a unbelievable amount of imformation-it is useless with out a user whom knows how to use it"-me

I personally believe as early as possible time children need to be taught: "Being Human"(all areas of studies that teach this)..and of course the basic's as reading/writing/math(these are in essense:"all that is being taught..and how to remember "fact's until the test is taken" -Michael Emery

"This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.
I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by a educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilised in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society". (Albert Einstein, 1949)

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

I am inclined to the view that the state can only be of real use to industry as a limiting and regulative force. It must see to it that competition among the workers is kept within healthy limits, that all children are given a chance to develop soundly, and that wages are high enough for the goods produced to be consumed. But it can exert a decisive influence through its regulative function if its measures are framed in an objective spirit by independent experts. (Albert Einstein, 1934)

What can we Do: 1.Parenting( teach children properly,not with ego filled perceptions of the world) 2.Change the educational system into a more Focused/diffused learning...not teaching kids to be robots,,to fill a void in a world presently dedicated to "Mass-production")..this is a fatal spell 3. Maybe Listen to people whom have spent a life-time researching,studying,caring about Humanity,instead of listening to those,whom have no back ground,no writings,no publications,no evidence of any interest on the topic of what it is to be "Human" 4. All schools public and private have one or more" Student Counselors' employed by the State ,not the individual school district etc.(to avoid Cronyism)..this counselor to highly trained in Psychology/Philosophy,and to have the student's best interest in mind, not the school to be continued..

"I do not want to give the impression that this will be straight forward or easy. I think if people see the necessity and are serious about it we can do something. We can have this common consciousness, this intelligence, this fellowship. We have a common bond of impersonal fellowship or participation. This fellowship is one of the more powerful feelings that there is. I read recently that many people used to find something good in war because they experienced a valuable comradeship that they could never get in civilian life. They were ready to go through all the horrors of war to gain this.

But we do not need to have a war to have fellowship or comradeship. That is one discovery we must make. With this common consciousness people could create a coherent culture which implies a coherent mind and body for each individual as well.

What underlies such consciousness is this infinitely subtle spirit which cannot be defined out of which emerges the ultimate meanings in ways in which we cannot see or grasp. This infuses the whole with a coherent but dynamic and creative meaning. This spirit is in some sense one, undivided. It is so subtle that we could say little about it. But it is essential to consider the possibility that is there. If we try to say that it is not there we will go over to mechanism in the end. We will then be left only with material values which cannot move us to the creation of a coherent and meaningful society with a coherent approach to nature. The subtle but dynamic spirit that I have suggested unfolds into many aspects including the scientific, artistic, and religious and would bring about a different way of living both individually and together which would move towards an unbroken whole. It would allow creative freedom to the individual that is not imposed but would arise naturally. People would see the necessity of it and see that it is so much better than the other way. Since wholeness, health, and holiness have the same root and since sanity is basically a similar meaning, it would imply the health of the body, mind and society of course the spirit beyond"-David Bohm.

Links I think could be helpful

The Road Less Travel is a book that I was lucky to have been introduced to in Alcohol Recovery,one which really helped me become aware of what makes us all "Tick" you might say. Few quotes of Scott Peck's:


“Love is the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth... Love is as love does. Love is an act of will -- namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.”
M. Scott Peck

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
M. Scott Peck

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
M. Scott Peck,

“We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.”
M. Scott Peck

“Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a PROFOUND tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there.” Scott Peck


“Life is complex.
Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another...The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness. ”
M. Scott Peck

With access to Internet,there is really no excuse not to be self-taught.

MAKING CONNECTIONS: THE BRAIN and THE CREATION OF OPTIMAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS


Spring, 1994)

EARLY COLONIAL EDUCATION
Obedience to AuthorityBetterment of Society
Education used to maintain the authority of government and religion and to help maintain social distinctions Education as a means of improving material prosperity of society
EDUCATION FOR NATIONALISM
Standardizing American Culture Education for Diversity and Democracy
Education as deculturalization; the attempt to create a uniform American cultureEducation for all; the rise of the Common School
THE MASSES OR THE INDIVIDUAL
IndustrializationNature and Nurture
Education as an effective machine; bring in measurements experts and scientific methods to test and sort students Education as human and experiential; let students learn through doing and in their own ways
THE SCHOOL AS FACTORY OR AS SITE FOR CRITICAL INQUIRY
"The Banking Model""The Problem-Posing Model"
Education as teachers delivering prescribed and accepted bodies of knowledge to studentsEducation as a process of asking questions, exploring a range of answers, and developing a critical perspective
THE PERSISTANT DICHOTOMY
EDUCATION AS MAINTENANCE OF THE STATUS QUOEDUCATION AS EXPERIENCE AND AS CRITICAL INQUIRY

Shor (1992) and Freire, 1970)

THE BANKING MODELTHE PROBLEM-POSING MODEL
Conceptualizes education as a process through which teachers have a fixed boy of knowledge, as it is embodied in commerical texts, which they deposit into the empty mind or "accounts" of students, through didactic lectures, and the students then "draw" on that knowledge later. Conceptualizes education as a proceess through which teachers and students create knowledge together in a variety of contexts, and generate and address critical quesitons about the knowledge they produce.
Has its roots in the standardizing, quantifying, and measuring traditions of Frederick Taylor and E.L. Thorndike who developed standardized test, IQ tests, and the model of school as factories. Has its roots in the work of Dewey and Piaget, who urged active, inquirng education through which students actively construct meaning in the natural world and the simulated natural world within the classroom
Its purpose is to pass on the traditional and accepted knowledge, information, values, and approachces to learning, and to prepare students for their prescribed place in the society. Its purpose is to both learn and quesstion the traditional and accepted knowledge, information, values, and approaches to learning, and to develop more democratic, diverse, critically thinking members of society.
Works best in learning environments which are highly structed and in which content and processes are highly standardized. Works best in learning environments which offer students a range of activities, sources for study, and opportunities for interaction.
Is characterized by
  • teacher-centered curricula
  • decontextualized study of information
  • facts learned in isolation
  • mainstream, canonical texts
  • asking students to accept knowledge and perspectives of the teacher and the textbooks as given and irrefutable
  • an emphasis on memorization and regurgitation
  • pedagogical approches which include lecture, recitation, multiple choice tests
  • concern for getting the "right" answer
  • maintenace of the status quo
Is characterized by
  • student-centered curricula
  • contextualized study of perspectives
  • facts, beliefs, and questions connected
  • diverse, multicultural texts
  • asking students to reflect critically on who has access to what kinds of knowledge, why, and how
  • an emphasis on exploration and application
  • pedagogical approaches which include discussion, group work, alternative assessment
  • multiple answers, multiple ways to get them
  • challenging the status quo

5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School


Let’s be honest: our education system is fucked.

I mean, almost all of the important history I learned between grades 5 and 12 I could probably find on Wikipedia and understand within a few weeks now. And pretty much any basic scientific knowledge you could ever want to learn is explained with pretty videos on YouTube. On top of that, you have the most unstable job market in almost 100 years, technology developing so rapidly that robots will be doing half the work in another decade, college degrees that some argue are now worthless, and new industries and technologies being invented practically every six months.-markmanson.net/taught-in-school

Teaching Self-Actualization in schools?