Teaching Wisdom in Schools
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;
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- What is the capital of China?
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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.
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.