In many conversation I had with people around me, I came to realize that the majority of the people in the west understand that something is wrong in the education of these days. Many are trying to find simple answers to complicated questions. In many cases, after a short evaluation of the situation. Many reach the conclusion that the problem of our current educational system is related to the institution itself , the teachers quality, the size of the classes or the program itself. To be honest, I believe the problem is deeper and more serious.
The symptoms mentioned above, are all part of an old reflection of a deeper problem. The state take over of the educational institution. By doing so they have the freedom to impose an unproductive philosophy, which is no more relevant to our current society. The educational institution of our days can not be called a constructive education. it doesn’t promote the values the young generation need for the sake of creating a better future, neither the tools needed to handle with the complicated reality we call life.
In my last posts in the subject, I define the term “constructive education”. before moving forward in our conversation about the future of education. It is important to understand, what education we do have at the moment. In my book, I spoke extensively on the general implications of the different kind of education. Due to the limitation of posting, we will just touch here on the ideas of what I call “Depressive education” . My definition for it goes as followed:
“Depressive education” gives an individual the “absolute” and “unquestionable” truth, rather than tools to learn and question. In other words, depressive education teaches individuals what to think, not how to think.
A depressive education will lead individuals to believe there’s only one reality and one truth, and they’ll try to apply one logic system to their surroundings. By teaching younger generations how things are and not how things should be done, we’re taking away their ability to think, create, and survive. A long period of depressive education will inevitably bring society to view different opinions and qualities as negative, while believing that only the majority opinion can be right. This promotes fear of the “other,” and leads to separation between people and their neighbors, peers, and society as a whole.
Based on this definition, we can easily observe that today’s modern system is mainly depressive. Modern education preaches fear of strange and/or different opinions, materialism, self-concentration, social judgment, and reinforces an existing set of beliefs. It also ignores the growing paradoxes shown by day-to-day reality. it effect can be seen all over the globe. Especially related to the social mood related to Covid.
The young generation in the West holds onto a philosophy of fear and terror, creating concern about humanity’s ability to create a better future for our children. My personal belief is, that a depressive education controls the Western world, and makes the younger generation feel that the rest of the world is less capable and advanced that Western society. In any standard this is not an education that promote a better future or one we should actively or passively support.
Please share with me your opinion. Open conversation and awareness are the main tools we have to stat a healthy social change.
For the full text on constructive education search for the book “Back to ourselves” on your local amazon page.