A Utopian Approach to Education
What I will propose in the next few posts could be considered a utopian approach to education. I will argue that we need to change our perspective about the world. But we could only do so by altering our perspective about education.
The question I always ask in many of my posts has something to do with the nature of education. I often reflect on the purpose of education. Of course, I have offered little or no clear answers. Even so, I propose a different audit here.
We could describe education as a means, a vehicle, or an apparatus to get from point A to point B. The notion itself is often treated as an instrument or a tool for achievement. But is there a different side to education. Should there be a different approach to the concept itself? I would say yes!
If there ought to be a different approach to education, what such an approach should be? I am sure there would be an array of viewpoints as to what education is, what it should be, who should provide it, for what purpose, and to whom. Some people might even propose a comprehensive approach.
I would not refute any progressive approach to education. But I would say that education should be a means through which a person discovers the self in the world. It should also be a way for the individual to discover others.
How to get there
The question is how we could arrive at a stage where one does not go to school to learn how to be according to collective expectations. How could we get to a stage where one goes to school to learn how to find oneself in one’s world? Now, this is the billion-dollar question, I would say. At this point, I am not sure anyone has the answer.
I reckon that education can be a difficult task. The process itself can be daunting. I also understand that some of you might disagree with that assessment. Others might even say there is nothing hard about education. But I would beg to differ on that view.
I would say that because of the subjective nature of the human reality in the world, education can be a difficult undertaken. It can be hard to induce others to see the world the way we see it. That is why I could not pretend to know how to approach education differently. This is also the reason I could not be too critical of the way we educate ourselves about the world.
But let us examine this issue further…