A New Education Model for Humanity

A New Education Model for Humanity - Buckminster Fuller Quote - Never Change Fighting Existing System Build Obsolete...

By Will Stanton

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

All human beings are born creators. If you don’t believe me, I urge you to recall when you were a child. Didn’t you love to paint and dance and sing? Didn’t you love to indulge in imaginary worlds you conjured up in your head? Children are naturally creative. It’s one of the things that makes us human. The problem is we’ve been cultured out of our creativity as we’ve grown older. The problem is we have been educated.

The education system is due for a major paradigm shift. For too long, it has been stuck in the dark ages. Teachers still stand at the front of the classroom and deliver information, much of it meaningless in the whole scheme of things. Schools encourage competition, conformity, obedience and standardization, while also engaging in the suppression of our natural, creative impulses and critical thinking faculties. Children are moulded and conditioned via the factory model of education to be unquestioning worker bees in a system that does not care for human progress. As a result, our species is stagnating. In order to reach the next stage of our evolution, the education system must undergo a revolution of its own.

Buckminster Fuller once said, ‘You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.’

The Six Dimension Model

Around ten months ago I had a profound and very sudden awakening brought on by the realization that humanity was on a collision course with itself. It was at this point that I decided I was going to dedicate my life to changing the education system. Like Fuller, I thought it was much more pragmatic to wipe the slate clean and start over than to try and patch up the leaks of the old system, so I came up with what I call The Six Dimension Model.

In no particular order, these six dimensions are Self-Discovery, Inquiry, Sustainability, Innovation, Communication, and Empathy.

Self-Discovery

The first of the six dimensions focuses on the internal and personal growth of the individual child. Children will have access to all the avenues of discovery they desire, from artistic and aesthetic practices to sports, outdoor activities and everything else in between.

Creative play will be a part of every day, and students will be given free reign over a wide range of creative tools and resources with which to draw, build, invent, compose, design, imagine, and experiment to their heart’s content. Teachers will take the time to get to know each child on a personal level, and will make every effort to nurture and unearth each child’s natural abilities, passions and interests.

Children of all ages will take part in meditation and mindfulness practices to help them align with the essence of who they are and assist them in finding the path they wish to take with their lives. This will not be a mandatory practice, but instead will be something the school system highly encourages as a tool for self-discovery.

Inquiry

This dimension is all about providing learners with the tools and resources to be completely independent critical thinkers, and to discern information through an investigative approach. The role of the teacher will shift from an information dictator to a facilitator of open dialogue. Traditional teaching methods will make way for more Socratic-style mentoring, which involves probing and challenging students through a process of open-ended questioning. Socratic mentoring is named after the Athenian philosopher, Socrates, who wisely said, ‘I cannot teach anybody anything – I can only make them think.’

Schools will not teach a single version of history. Instead, children will investigate the evidence from a number of different perspectives, and alternative accounts of history will not be dismissed or overlooked. They will then collate and weigh that evidence before reaching their own conclusions. Differences in opinion will be encouraged and will be a necessary departure from the Orwellian groupthink mentality of the herd. Philosophy will also be taught as part of this dimension, giving students the ability to challenge their own rigid belief systems and open themselves up to different viewpoints and perspectives. The classroom will be a place where children truly feel like they are able to question everything and have their views respected, no matter what those views may be.

Religious doctrines will be abolished as they have no place in the education system. Open discussion of religion within a philosophical context will be encouraged however, as such discourse is highly valuable.

Sustainability

At present, the education system does not take our environmental reality seriously enough. Sustainability must be a primary focus in any new system. With the catastrophic deforestation of the Amazon, the plastic junkyards in our oceans, the pollution in our atmosphere, the displacement and destruction of our ecosystems, the threat of nuclear radiation, and now the plundering and pillaging of the Arctic regions, it is paramount that our children are not sheltered from the truth of our real and lasting impact on the environment.

Students will learn all about intelligent and effective resource/waste management, will interact with new energy technology in all its forms, and will be empowered to become problem-solvers with regard to the environmental crises facing our planet. Immersion in nature will be an integral part of this model, as it is crucial for us to regain our connection with the earth and with all life on it. The aim will be to get children out of the traditional classroom setting as much as possible and into a diverse range of environments that suit the learning context.

Children will also be equipped with the skills to become self-sustainable. This means being taught how to grow their own food, how to provide their own energy supply, how to build a house that can withstand the elements, and all other real useful life skills that allow them full autonomy over their own lives. The aim is to give young people the freedom of not having to rely on any system to do everything for them. They will be shown how to make sound choices for their health and wellbeing, through good nutrition, regular exercise and meditation. Again, it will be the responsibility of the children to look after their own vitality, and none of this will be forced on them.

Innovation

Humanity’s greatest feats of creativity and progress have always been born out of unconventional ideas. Out of the box thinking will be deeply ingrained in the philosophy of a new education system. Schools will place a great deal of emphasis on divergent thinking, that is, thinking that does not require a clear right or wrong answer to any given problem. Divergent thinking strategies allow children to sharpen their natural creative intelligence so that they may reach their highest potential as innovators of the future.

All unnecessary competition in the classroom will be replaced by collaborative teaching and learning practices. Our human potential is far greater when we work together than when we work individually or at odds with each other. We must raise our children in an environment centred on collaborative and community-oriented principles so that they may grow to help create a better world and a fairer reality for the whole species.

Mathematics will be an optional pathway beyond elementary/primary level. Math will become a meaningful and highly relevant study with regard to its real world application. Students will also discover how sacred geometrical principles relate to nature, to the building of ancient civilizations, and to the framework of the universe itself.

Science education will see a shift away from reductionist materialism and into non-physical and quantum phenomena. This is not to say that the education system will abandon material science, but instead will extend its reach above and beyond traditional boundaries to include a study of that which we cannot perceive ordinarily with the five senses. All such exploration will occur through experimental and investigative inquiry by applying the scientific method.

Communication

This education model aims at retaining our native languages and recognises that cultural diversity is necessary in a thriving world. That said, English will also be taught across the board as that will enable all races, cultures and peoples to connect easily via written and spoken language.

Literacy and language acquisition will remain a cornerstone of the education system at elementary level, but will be voluntary at secondary level. Once a child can read fluently and get their message across effectively, it is no longer an absolute necessity for them to pursue further advancement of these abilities unless they choose a path that requires these skills. The engineers, nurses and dancers of the world would most likely prefer to use that time to develop skills in other areas.

Media literacy will be taught from around the age of ten. Children will be exposed to all kinds of media and will learn to think critically about the persuasive techniques being used. They will be able to read subtext, recognize manipulative language, and dissect political propaganda in all its forms. These skills are essential if we are to raise our children to maintain dominion over their own minds.

Students will also learn to recognize emotions and body language, and will apply that understanding to the management of social relationships and their own personal growth. By becoming conscious of their emotions, they will be able to minimize conflict, both internally and externally.

Empathy

The last of the six dimensions, Empathy, is all about bringing real human connection into schools. It is so important that the future generations learn to value all life on the planet, so that our species does not continue to perpetuate the vicious cycle of war, oppression and conflict that has caused an unconscionable degree of pain and suffering.

In order to evolve, we must unite all colours and creeds and remove all barriers of separation. Nationalist fervour will be eliminated. There will be no pledge of allegiance. There will be no ethnocentric pedagogies. The education system will take a holistic, planetary approach, and will work on the foundational philosophy that we are all one.

Schools will function as real communities instead of the institutions they are now. Children will be valued, respected, and trusted with important roles of responsibility in the school. They will also be encouraged to engage in random acts of kindness in and out of the classroom, and to act with compassion and human decency in all that they say and do. Kids will learn strategies to empathise with others who are experiencing psychological, physical or emotional turmoil, which could be as simple as sitting silently by them and sharing their pain, or a heartfelt hug. Teachers will have the freedom and flexibility to establish a human connection with every child under their wing. Children will no longer feel alienated by their school system, but loved, understood, and empowered.

The Six Dimension Model will bring much-needed balance back to our education system, and will give both left-brain learners and right-brain learners the same opportunities to reach their highest potential. There is much more to this blueprint, including the structure and implementation, that I have written about in great detail in my book, Education Revolution, but this article should give you a clear idea of the scope of this vision. If this is the kind of education system you want to see for the future generations, then let’s hit the reset button together!

Education Revolution

A book by author Will Stanton…

Education Revolution - Will Stanton

Something is very wrong with our education system. Children are being told what to think when we should be teaching them how to think. Schools are places of indoctrination when they should be places of inspiration. Creativity needs to be nurtured, not suppressed.

Education Revolution dares to call it out for what it is. Throughout the book, Stanton tackles a wide range of controversial issues from the desperate need for critical thinking in our schools to the alienation of our brilliant minds. He takes a step outside the box and looks at what education is really doing to future generations of human beings, and takes a solutions-based approach to these problems and offers up an entirely new model for education which he calls The Six Dimension Model.

The paradigm needs to change. Humanity must evolve…

Education Revolution is available here on Amazon.

About the author:

Will StantonWill Stanton is a writer and activist who has devoted his life to reforming the education system.

He has just launched his book, Education Revolution, which proposes an entirely new global education model for humanity called The Six Dimension Model. The book is available in paperback format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.

You can follow Will on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesixdimensionmodel

 


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  • Isabelle

    I really really love you idea, sir, but when it is going to happen? They will not agree to let awaken people to reorganise their system. I am 15 and I must tell you that I do not like school at all, even if I learn every day and every night and I have great marks. I am Romanian and the school system from here is more horrible than in US or UK. We learn 17 or more subject without any complains because we are not allowed to. I do learn science subject – that’s my profile – because they help me to enter at a university in UK. We just memorise some things that may or may not be true. And the thing is, they all believe the teachers. At logic we learned something very interesting and then I realised that we believe everything our teachers say. We do not question anything and we are judged by the others but also by our teachers who think they are far more intelligent than us and we are stupid. Do you know how this make us feel? It’s like a nightmare. And me, well I question everything, I started my awakening, I am searching for answers, but this society is destroying my concepts and I always forget this is just a journey, not reality. They think we are lost people, with no future, because we are not robots. I am tired of it. I have three more years of this torture and tears and dissapointing things. I do not want this for my kids too. I would love to have meditation classes because at home I can’t meditate because it’s not very quiet and at night I am too tired. I

  • Marco

    I’m glad to see that you’re aware of all this on your young age. This gives me hope that someday there will be enough of us ‘awakened ones’ to actually change things for the better. You’re already thinking critically and questioning everything, which is very good and healthy behaviour. It all starts with our ‘education’ at young age. If we can change that for the better, we will change the world for the better. Give people the time and space to be themselves and not just be worker bees blindly following orders and conforming to the standards of society and humanity will raise to new heights we never even thought possible.

    • Isabelle

      Totally agree. The problem with me is that I don’t have anyone to talk about it, my parents are too absorbed by this fake “reality” and I am trying very hard to wake them step by step but currently it seems impossible. And I don’t believe in impossibility. I told my friends about it, but they are skeptical, also because two of them are indoctrinated because of their religion and the other is atheist, but she knows I am not mad and let me tell her about my new discoveries. Anyway, it is a difficult process I am in now but I know everything will be good. Especially that I have discovered special “abilities” at my friend who didn’t know what they could do. And I love talking with depressed people, to listen to their stories and try to make them think different and make them feel better. So, in an interesting manner, while I was reading The new Earth, I realised what should I do. In a second. And I wondered for years, not living the present. I am considering the idea of study a special program with psychology ( even if I don’t agree a few things from it) so I can learn how to talk to people and to understand what they feel as asleep people, so I can help them to wake up, without realising it was because of me, because I am not going to be the average psychologist. This and literature and metaphysics, so I can be a writer and creating a private school for kids, as you said in your article and show the world how the kids fit in there and how happy and without problems they are. So I can help with a change in the system too, because I strongly think we can make this world wonderful, if we work togheter, as you said.

  • Arturs

    Hey 🙂 i,ve been in a old school system, and from class 1 when i started, it felt wrong. Only because of my parents and their beliefs i was forced in a younger age and manipulated by fear in elder to finish high school which is 12 years in Latvia. My own way of doing things in school and most at the times even at home get cut down, by “boxed” people around. It,s not nice, at all..
    So i,m very happy to see new education model. The one for those who have a lack of real wisdom and growth. So humans could develop till the level of infinity in the same time taking care of ground where we stand. To be one with it and not only with Earth but with the whole universe. 🙂