On Education

I am a promoter of constant education. For me learning was never only a part of school, that ended before summer and started again in autumn. I just continuously do it, as part of my life and my core values.  I learn from everything – from books, online courses, conferences, speeches, meetings and random talks with my friends or other people – and at any time. I learn for and from my work, for and from my extra projects, for myself and for building a better life. I think I can sum it up into learning to understand myself and the world better and bringing something good to the world.

But education is a controversial word nowadays, related more to costs of schooling, bad teaching, bad curricula and statistics data. It lost all its empirical meaning and that’s something that brought forward a lot of people who want to bring change into our education, who want to transform education into something different, something pleasant, something that doesn’t refer only to math, sciences, literature, arts only but to learning how to be kind, to have empathy, understanding, to live at the height of your capacity and never, ever stop learning.

I would like to present below three impressive examples of such actions to change education and especially to change the way we perceive its meaning:

1. Sir Ken Robinson is the man with the creativity idea, to sum up what absolutely everyone remembers; he proved in a 18 minutes TED talk that schools kill creativity in children and our current school system is highly flawed and need immediate change. This is also the man who made me love TED, as his talk is the first one I ever watched. He currently works with organizations and government to find a formula that allows education to turn into what it used to be. Find one of his best talks below:

2. Children Full of Life: the documentary follows teacher Toshiro Kanamori, in 4-th grade (9 – 10 years old) class in primary school in Kanazawa, NW of Tokyo. I accidentally ran into this documentary some years ago but I have to admit that it brought me to tears (I really can’t resist the little kids crying) and it amazed me. The genius Mr. Kanamori teaches the kids about empathy, understanding each other, being happy, caring and supporting each other, incredibly important qualities in life that our schools at the moment leave out for some reason. There was only one question going through my head while watching this (3 times already): Why don’t we do this ALL THE TIME?

3. Mindvalley: Mindvalley wants to touch a billion lives in the next 36 years. I discovered them some years ago and they are on their way to change the world, no doubt about it. What they want to help people learn is empathy, relationship, love, happiness, all the soft skills that a person needs to live a fulfilling life.

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