Saturday, July 4, 2015
I think the job of teacher and prison jailer should be kept separate. Somehow they have become merged in the modern schooling system, where children don’t have a choice whether to be in a certain classroom or not. This is bad for the child and bad for the teacher. It's impossible to teach someone who doesn't want to learn and if they don't want to be in the classroom they just become a disruptive presence. This puts the onus on the teacher to "control" the student which is really a nightmare for anyone but the most brutally controlling of people. As a result, teaching attracts controlling types rather that those with a true vocation for teaching and a love of children.
Rather than the current limiting system it would be far more effective to give children a choice on where they go and what they do with their time. This would make them happier and feel more in control of their life and would help to reduce the overwhelming resentment many youths feel towards the "adult" world. this doesn't mean 2 year old should be given complete freedom but it does mean that children should be given as much choice as they can handle and soon as they are able to handle it rather than keeping them under adults tight control until they reach adulthood. This would enhance their decision making ability, helping them as they mature, rather than them being trained to be passive receivers of experience.
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Judgement and love cannot coexist, therefore if God is love (as many believe) then there is no judgement in Him. Therefore, stories of punishment and eternal suffering caused by a judging God are pure fabrication. Indeed, those who have actually experienced the Light claim that it consists of pure, unconditional love and that it is only ourselves that judge. To a thinking and feeling human this makes sense. The idea that a being responsible for this magnificent creation would be a miserable, judging monster makes no sense except in the minds of those equally miserable.
It can be understood why the belief in a judging God became popular among certain religions when we see how this gave elites power over their fellow man. Without putting fear of punishment into people they cannot be controlled and so such fear was created to achieve this end. But thankfully such fears are unfounded, and the Lord is far more generous and magnanimous than the miserable types give Him credit for.
Note: the prefix Him for God is used purely for simplicity. God, being a non-physical being, is beyond gender.
See Would a God of love pass judgment? for part 1.
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Friday, June 26, 2015
I don’t think one school should try to provide everything for students but, rather, having a multitude of schools may provide the best learning experience. For example: schools of creative arts and design, schools of music, schools of language, schools of mathematics and technical study, schools of philosophy, schools of the sciences, schools of history, schools of building and the trades, schools of sport science, etc. These schools wouldn’t have to all be in separate locations making travel between them difficult, but rather organised as a university is, with sections and buildings for each separate field of study and staffed both those with knowledge and passion for that speciality.
I think it’s asking too much to have one school (e.g. high school or elementary school) to do all these things well and yet I think all young (and not so young) people should have access to a wide choice of learning experiences. The best way to do this would be for each school to have a variety of introductory classes to the various specialties it teaches and then have more advanced classes for those with a sustained interest in the subject matter. In this way students could get a taste of those things that interest them and then pursue their studies further if their interest is sustained and enhanced by their introductory experience.
Choices between the various subjects on offer should be freely made by the student although there could be a stipulation that certain classes be taken by a certain age- such as introductory classes to spoken and written language, mathematics and social behaviour- where such learning is deemed essential.
As the student matures it is likely they will gravitate to a certain specialty that suits their interests and that area could become their career choice. When a change in direction is desired then once again a person could return to the process of trying out new areas of interest and making their way towards gaining greater knowledge that they could then use to further the horizons of humanity.
This style of education exists to some extent at the University or College level for older students but I believe it would be advantageous to introduce this style of learning at a much younger age when the student doesn't feel pressured into studying subjects that will result in a practical, safe career choice. At a younger age there is more freedom to explore areas of interest without feeling the weight of worrying about earning a living. Also, by introducing the child to a wider variety of learning options at a younger age it means education will prove far more exciting for the child and they can choose those things they have a real passion for rather that wasting time with subjects that bore them. This would no doubt have a positive impact on childhood and youth happiness which would be good for society as a whole. It would also mean people found their true passions earlier in life rather then later (if at all) after they have been through some kind of mid-life crises!