Learning is an essential part of our adolsence as it moulds us into able bodies ready to conquer the real world, or does it? There have been many opinions exchanged about our education system being flawed whilst ill-preparing us once we are ready to hike the terrains of this vast world. We are taught through books about some things relevant and the majority irrelevant. To this day I have still yet to use trigonometry and algebra (not that this is useless information but still…). Once we reach the ripe age of 18 I doubt the majority of us know how to tackle taxes, mortgages or how to become entrepreneurs in our own right whist contributing our services to humanity.
Our education system focus on teaching us how to work for others, to become followers rather than leaders. This imbues a certain mindset in which we become reliant on others to pay us salaries, grant us holidays only when convenient for the company and tell us what our “true” potential is. From the moment we enter the education system we are trained to follow a template for life in which we should all go to university to gain degrees and then start a job where we still have no clue what we are doing despite us paying thousands of pounds to “learn.” We then stay in the company and try to stay afloat, be mediocre and financially stable so that we can buy a car, a house, marry and start a family and then await our demise.
EVERYONE LEARNS DIFFERENTLY
Albert Einstein once stated “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
No one person learns in the same way. Some learn better through academia and others learn better through practicality. Each is gifted in their own right and their contribution to their field is just as essential as the next person. Steve Jobs was an innovator and without his absolute drive to invent and create, Apple would not have changed the face of the technology industry in the gargantuan way it has. Without Newton’s discovery of gravity (ironically conjured by an Apple falling on his head) the world of physics would be very different. One of Newton’s laws I find the most profound is Newton’s third law, “If two bodies exert a force on one another, the forces are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction.” Ultimately, this translates to every force has an equal and opposite reaction which is a principle that can be applied to life in general. You reap what you sow, what goes around comes around and so forth….
The point being that without both this innovator and great thinker, the world would be a very different place.
TEACH TO OUR STRENGTHS
There is no uniform way in which people can be taught. Some have strengths where others have weaknesses and vice versa. Our education system gives praise to those who can follow it’s structure but leaves behind those who have great potential to change the face of this world in different ways. Teaching should be unique and sentimental to each student focusing on their strengths which in return will give them self belief, confidence and motivation to excel in what they love to do.
If we look at it in an extreme case, a child with autism will find it difficult to learn in the same manner as another child. However, the child with autism may be harbouring a substantial gift in which they are totally focused and if taught how to channel it, they will achieve unthinkable things. It is believed that Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson and Michelangelo were all autistic.
Parents often tell their children that they need to become doctors or lawyers which are prestigious jobs in professional fields which ultimately yield respect and good impressions. However, this is just a response based on social norms. Children have the capacity to become whatever they desire to be and we should never take away their wings which has the potential to let them soar. The most profound thing for a child to know is that their loved ones support and believe in them.
MEDITATION IN EDUCATION
Meditation is a very powerful tool that can be used in all aspects of life. The Dalai Lama stated “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
Meditation enables one to centre themselves in the midst of busy life and connect to their truth. We are fantastic spiritual beings having a human experience. Life only gets busier as we grow up with every hour of the day requiring our attention. We lose sleep, will and excitement in life as be meander through crowds of sheeple dragging our bodies to situations we wish to escape from. The further you stray from the truth the more fixated you become by the lie. Life doesn’t have to be the way you have been told. Dr Wayne Dyer believed “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
Meditation not only helps release serotonin which is linked to mood and feelings of happiness, it also helps us to reflect on life. It brings about philosophical thoughts and bursts of inspiration. It is said to be inspired means to be in spirit and meditation is the perfect method for transcending oneself in such a state. Police officers in Canada, Mississauga took part in a field trip to meditate where they experienced feelings of relaxation, happiness and contentment despite the challenging nature of their job.
A FRUITFUL FUTURE
In a world full of lawyers, bankers, doctors, surgeons and architects there should also be musicians, artists, poets, authors, singers and dancers. Whatever awakens your soul is your calling and we should encourage people when they are young to follow that path no matter how outlandish it may seem rather than deviating them to follow our path.
By doing all the above and more we will create prosperous pioneers for the future. This new generation has the capacity to create a world that we could not even fathom or imagine. Through opening the doors to acceptance and belief follows doors to equality, love, realisation, compassion, empathy and untidiness. These are all qualities that our world so desperately needs and if we plant the seeds of good will in the children of today, the adults of tomorrow will nurture life with abundance.