Education is learning. Learning is integral to life.
All life. Even the protozoa and bacteria learn, inasmuch
as they are able to adapt to their environment, and
subsequent generations are "smarter" than previous ones.
Perhaps natural selection and adaptation are not strictly
learning in the sense that we define it, but change
can be knowledge can be power. The power to survive
Higher life forms learn as well. There are intelligent
insects, fish, birds, mammals and reptiles and, of course,
the human mammal. While behavioral conditioning to evoke
a specified reaction does not necessarily retain memory
of the adapted behavior in subsequent generations it
does show that learning and adaptation are universal.
Education in human society has generally focused
on two issues. The need to know and the ability to retain
information, so we can go on in life, attend high school,
online universities or do any activity that requires the use of our brain. We need to know those things that get us
along in life; for example, social and technical skills.
So what then is perfect education?
A perfect education would consist of learning at
least the basic skills necessary for a healthy and happy
life, such as social skills, some technical skills (as
simple as learning how to work a computer to extract
information), and general knowledge such as history,
biology and the arts.
What is important in education is that we all end
up doing that which we are most talented for on the
premise that people perform better when doing something
they enjoy. How many of us are not doing what they are
doing purely to bring home enough money to afford a
life? Too many.
Wouldn't you rather afford your life by doing something
you really enjoy? It's no secret that people are more
productive when they are actively interested in what
they are doing.
So a perfect system of education would early on determine
where your talents lie. It would also determine whether
you would be happy to pursue a career in this direction
as some people prefer not to work with their talents
but rather use them for personal time enjoyment.
In view of corporations taking over the world (a
Corporate Future - more on that elsewhere) it would
seem logical that businesses actively contribute to
the education system without improper manipulation.
And why are we still learning the old way - mostly
by rote? This works on some levels but really lacks
and bores the brain. Why aren't faster learning methods
used in schools and other educational institutes?
from a young age on is vital to our further
And the main "Why?" is of course why are governments
continually cutting back on education when educational
budgets should far exceed that of defense budgets. The
"dumbing down" of humanity will have dire consequences
sooner rather than later.
The answer is not that difficult - governments prefer
uneducated people as they are easier to manage and manipulate.
The future of education
Perhaps if we were to find out what our best talents
are we would also find out who is best suited for political
functions. Rather than the system we have now of who
has the most money or the best connections our future
leaders would be selected on their leadership skills,
which would be a much better basis to start off on.
If anything, to find Utopia, we really need to change
our political systems. It's not the technology we lack,
nor the resources, only political will.
If we want Utopia to be real we will need to tackle
all root causes that stop us from achieving it.
And a last word about education (for now) is that
it should be free from beginning to end.
Who wants to start off life after school with a huge
debt? More of that in our Utopia: Economics section.
There are better methods to absorb information.