Michael on the New Education

We would say that our investment in the current state of education on this planet is very passionate, at least when we see how appallingly bereft of any intellectual consideration it is. Literacy is no longer a given in even the most advanced Western countries. Scholarship is not valued by the young. Alliteration is a lost art, and many 18 year old high school graduates cannot read a newspaper.

We have proposed a new system that could be in place by the end of the first decade of the new millennium if the groundwork is laid right now. Here are some steps that can be taken by all of you in order to affect this change.

1. Recognize that children on the four polarities are very different from one another and require very different educational tracks. Children on the expression polarity (sage and artisan), for instance, respond to a creativity oriented, mentoring type of education - where the relationship between mentor and pupil is very casual - with far more alacrity than to a classroom situation. Scholar children respond to an open-ended program, where they are assigned year-long projects and are encouraged to thoroughly research their subjects. Children on the action polarity (king and warrior), on the whole, respond very well to conventional academic programs. Warrior children are generally high achievers and are accustomed to bowing to authority. Children on the inspiration polarity (priest and slave) respond best to a program that is service oriented in its goals.

2. Recognize that not all children need to learn all subjects that are currently linked to the educational process. There are some core subjects, of course, that all children do need to learn. They need to learn to read and write and do simple sums. Beyond that they need to learn the nuances of their native tongue plus one other language and they need to learn about the humanities. Young warriors and kings usually have no difficulty understanding why they need to learn about mathematics and science. Young artisans and sages, however, can get by just fine learning practical arithmetic, like how to balance their checkbooks, and how to read a simple financial report. If they are steered toward right work early in the game, these children will never need to know algebra or any of the higher mathematical forms. Little scholars can, from a very early age, be bombarded with research projects that require detailed study. Young slaves and priests can understand pragmatic applications of the core academic subjects, as long as it relates in some way to service. For instance, slaves and priests generally do well in nursing and medical schools, even though they don't particularly relish the hard sciences, for they do recognize the relationship between that and their ultimate goals.

3. Establish a think tank for the new education, composed of educators at all levels, psychologists specializing in children and youth, concerned parents, preferably mature souls, and some economists who are interested in education's relationship to trends in society.

4. Develop an explanation of the four tracks that correspond to the roles in essence in such a way that it can be mainstreamed. One suggestion would be to call the roles "archetypes", since that is a commonly used term in modern psychology. As educational archetypes, the polarities would be easier for the general public to swallow.

5. Enlist the cooperation of community advisers, so that they will be willing to become educational activists. Prepare written material for them to use in their presentations that makes no mention of the origin of the information. Unfortunately, that is the only way you are going to promote the idea of the four-track system.

6. Make plans for prototype schools in different areas and consult with other alternative schools and the educators who work with them. Find out what has and hasn't worked for them and why.

7. Let the experts do the rest of the work. Your job is to promulgate the idea, not to do the educating. We will continue to advise all along the way, for this is a subject that must be addressed if the transition to a mature soul world is to be accomplished with a minimum of agony and despair.

c. 1998 Sarah Chambers (State of the Planet gathering, Jan 2, 1998, Marin County, California) Used with permission

 

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