Teaching Wisdom in Schools

Teaching Wisdom in Schools

Wisdom in Education

Students are being ‘produced’ – not educated.

A great education is one of the most important requirements for developing a more peaceful world. It is a simple reality that human ‘ignorance’ will always lead to wars, violence, suffering,…in the world. While human ‘intelligence’ or wisdom will lead humanity towards peace, happiness, cooperation and unity.

It is obvious that the state of the human condition today is still mired in ignorance.

One of the primary reasons for this is that school curriculum’s do not teach students how to ‘think and act wisely’. They only teach ‘knowledge based’ subjects and information;

- What is the capital of China?
- 1 + 1 = 2
- At what temperature does water freeze?

English, Maths, Science…are all knowledge based subjects. While all this ‘information’ is useful – it will not help you become a wiser or better person.

Most students will develop appropriate knowledge skills for their chosen career. But it’s their self-knowledge skills that will let them down. The lack of that kind of wisdom leads to stress, alcohol and drug problems, suicides, domestic violence, relationship breakdowns, and many, many other acts of ignorant and self-centred behaviour. It’s our lack of wisdom and understanding that leads to the majority of social problems in society every day.

That is the big part of their education that is completely missing. Ask a student the ‘true cause’ behind wars and violence in the world and you draw a blank.

“It is important to understand, that the only real enemy in the world is ignorance.”

Most will blame politicians or greed but these are superficial reasons. What is the purpose of life? Does life have a purpose? How do thoughts affect emotions? What effect does greed and self-centredness have in the world? These again are important questions which most adults would also struggle to fully understand, as they too were never taught any subject on ‘Wisdom and Self-Understanding’ at School.

So with no intelligent understanding of their own minds or the world in which they live, each generation heads out into society only to repeat that same mistakes of previous generations.

From Ignorance to Wisdom

Education needs to help make people wiser – not just more knowledgeable.

For this reason, teaching wisdom in schools is absolutely vital and needs to be introduced into school curriculums around the world. Students need to develop their level of understanding to a much higher level than what exists today, or they will be no better equipped to deal with the challenges that they will face.

It is important to understand that the only real enemy in the world is ‘ignorance’. It is from ignorance that all problems take root. It is human ignorance that leads to the wars, violence, greed and suffering in the world. It is ignorance that turns one person against another, or one country against another. And so it is only by raising ‘human intelligence’ above such ignorance or lack of understanding, that we can solve these problems and achieve a more peaceful and cooperative world.

4 Responses to Teaching Wisdom in Schools

  1. Winona says:

    Yes, I agree with what you say. Further, the challenges within the education system start with egocentric politicians in governments who want power and strong economies first and foremost. They dictate the curriculum and frequently interfere with the education of our offspring by reinventing it; then the headteacher is pressured into producing statistics of a school’s achievement; with teachers who may themselves be spiritually bereft and therefore unqualified to nurture the consciousness of children.
    I believe that wisdom is accumulated through life experiences, not something to be taught. Children are probably near the bottom rung of Maslow’s ladder towards Self-Actualisation. If our children’s education was a free choice curriculum of what, when, how and with whom they want to learn, it could lay the foundation for a shorter climb up the ladder towards wisdom.
    From- a secondary school teacher

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for your comments Winona. You make some very good points – as in the repetitive focus on producing ‘statistical results’. Statistics have always been exploited for political gain ‘when it suits’.

      And it is great to see that you have grasped the core ideas. Teaching Wisdom in Schools is about encouraging students to become wiser and more understanding human beings – not just tools to serve an economic system that is flawed on many levels. Yes – people can gain greater wisdom from life experiences…but then again, some people will keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Many career politicians are guilty of such a practice.

      We need to raise the wisdom of humanity throughout the world – so that our world reflects our highest wisdom, not our lowest ignorance. To achieve this change, it will be important for people of wisdom and understanding to start working together towards our common good.

      Thanks again Winona.

  2. OldSoul says:

    I TOTALLY agree and yet must add that in MY experience, the very idea of wisdom itself is impossible for MOST children to grasp, at least till the age when the frontal part of their brain where REASONING is processed has been fairly developped enough for them to even begin to understand the entire conceopt, let alone the importance of developping wisdom for the purpose of making better, more informed choices.

    You tell a teenager that whatever negative energy they are suffering from is merely due to their own and that this accures from their lack of knowlege in regards to the connection between their thoughts and emotions on the experience they are living and all they hear is that you are telling them they are too young and/or stupid to understand how healthy adults CAN dance in the rain as these life “crisis” kind of stoms have become the reality of the circumstances of human life itself.

    Try telling a teenager that they are not their circumstances and they agree but only because they are prone to avoid self responsibility for whatever negative circumstances they have created from their “uninformed” choices and result to blaming others to spare themselves the pain of self distruction of whatever self confidance they may have been able to gain for themselves.

    I could go on and on here about the reason why I feel that wisdom is almost impossible a concept for any human being to grasp without a developped frontal brain at any age but for children under the age of 20 or so, thus the age of BEGINING natural development of such, it really just seams like the proposition to teach wisdom to children under this age of reasoning abil;ity would be somewhat like proposing to teach a child to walk before he has even developped consciousness of his legs, let alone what he can teach his legs to do…first stand on them, then walk, then run and so on.

    OK I shared MY peice of personal wisdom on this subject as my very first input into this new found site of yours and hope to find answer to my question …Is there a list of all members? I admit I all too often get to feeling like whomever MAY share such an interest as “self actualization” and actualy practice the on going inner study of true inner self expressions of the best “qualities” of our human make up AND share it with the world, well I just can’t seam to find any others like me.

    Mainly I feel the reason for this is that the state of our economy alone has most people in such a state of fear and panic that they make financial survival their #1 priority. To me, after food and shelter and the luxury of having a car and a computer to help me remain connected socialy, my priority is self health and well being and sharing this joy with others. Unfortunitly I get alot of rejections from the majority of people, either they resent the fact that they are not as happy as me or label me as unrealistic/dreamer or just plain “NUTS”.

    I ask myself “what is so great about striving to be happy when doing so alianates others and you end up feeling so uterly alone and start to believe that you may be better off just joining other unhealthy minds just to avoid feeling so uterly alone?” Can ANYone relate here?

    Despretly lonly happy

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for your comments Nicky.

      Teaching wisdom to children, teenagers and university students has to be designed appropriately to each age group, relative to their ability to question, discuss, debate and understand.

      ‘Behavioural wisdom’ is relative to younger age groups. However, beginning to ‘question and understand’ many subjects would only be more relevant to older age groups – say 14 to 18+. It is not a matter of telling children ‘this is right, that is wrong’ – but more a matter of encouraging them to question, discuss and debate the how’s, why’s, pro’s and con’s of various questions, subjects, and practical realities of the world in which they live. These question’s might be straight-forward like ‘Why are some people greedy, while others are not?’ to something quite advanced like ‘Is it possible to be truly happy in a world while there is still a great deal of suffering throughout the world?’

      Subjects would include all areas – Understanding the mind, Understanding wars, Understanding religion, Competition vs Cooperation – the pro’s & con’s, etc. It would need to include a wide range of subjects that would give each person the opportunity to broaden their awareness of them self, and the world in which they live.

      In most respects, teaching wisdom is mainly about encouraging people to ask questions about life. Education today tends to simply focus on answers – ‘this is right, that is wrong’ – with the focus on passing exams, to get a good paying job. Education has become a ‘commercialised’ factory process – encouraging children to become appropriate tools for an economic machine.

      This approach to Education does not encourage people to be better or wiser human beings. If the Education system does not ‘evolve’ – society as a ‘whole’ will struggle to evolve. Inevitably humanity will therefore keep repeating the same mistakes (war, greed, exploitation, corruption, etc), because it is not educated to understand how things can be any different!

      Self-knowledge encourages us to question ‘the whole mentality of humanity’ so that we can break the perpetual cycle of ignorance.

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