Everyone agrees that education is hugely important. The thing is we’re not particularly sure what we what from it. The aim of education should be to prepare us for the challenges of adult life. Yet from this perspective it’s clear that schools, fail all but for my tiny portions of their students. Whether in highly academic private schools or in deprived government-run once trouble-dealing with life’s challenges. remain very wide spread indeed.
Human intenuity, energy, goodwill, and talent is being lost on an industrial scale, to get more ambitious about education doesn’t necessrily mean spending more money, building more school, employing more teachers or make exams more difficult. Rather, it should mean focusing more on the real purpose of education.
There are two fundamental tasks it should help us with: working and sustaining good relationships. In order to address these needs a future national curriculum might specify that the following subjects be studied
No 1 Capitalism: A conspiracy of silence exist around the economic system we live within. We find it hard to change its bad sides or defend its strengths because we simply don’t fully understand how it works.
A subject like maths should be geared to teach its number one utility for 99% of the population dealing with money. Such classes would demistify the global economy by teaching students the importance of the meaning of production and how profit are made. The role of cash flow, HR leadership, marketing, and competition would also be studied.
In perfect school system you’d also then a really big secound subject YOURSELF. Young students would be introduced to the idea that we humans are extremely prone to misunderstanding ourselives. They would be taken through the concepts of deliusions, defensiveness, projection and denial in every life.
Individual tutors would be on hand to help students toward personality maps, with particular attention paid to their neurosis and fears. Doing this would ensure that students learn a lot about how complex they truly are and what types of people they would be best suited to hang out with. A crucial unit would be devoted to career self-knowledge.
What job you best suited to?
Student would spend three hours a week exploring what they might do with their futures. Beng intensely aware of the social and individual cost of every unhappy relationship. An ideal education system would emphasize the acquisition of skill that help people to live together.
There would be units on kindness and forgiveness as well as on anxiety-reduction techniques.