The answer about purposeful education can be revealed through understanding of the following key points:
1. Connection between education and nature, and education and culture;
2. The key word in education is relationship;
3. The role of an educator;
4. Inherent source of wisdom within each individual;
5. Supportive learning environment.
The research work I have done shows that educational process leads towards disconnection from nature, disconnection from reality and from local environment. Educational process is often perceived as a process where the essential need to discover and develop one’s own potential is being repressed through imposed ways of thinking and conformed ways of being that lead to sadness, frustration, anger and disconnection from one’s true self and from the whole.
Imposed ways of thinking and repressed ways of being are likely to have contributed to unbalanced consequences reflected in our behaviour, which is further reflected in what we see and experience in our daily life. Currently most worrying are global environmental crisis, global economic crisis and global social crisis.
As a result of ongoing iteration I have created a short documentary “Schooling for Future”, which reflects the meaning of purposeful education. Schooling for Future shows the process of this research, it captures insightful comments from participants and shares the wisdom about meaningful, holistic education in an interview with Satish Kumar.
All new ideas, creations, achievements and economic developments come out of the mind of man. Activity of the mind becomes strengthened through education, which points out that education is one of the most vital of all resources. “If western civilization is in a state of permanent crisis, it is not far-fetched to suggest that there may be something wrong with its education” (Schumacher, 1973, p. 60)
Author: Brigita Laykovich