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Constructive education – Part 6. Self Education

Self education is important as much as the education given in classrooms. The ideas behind “constructive education” are all coming from the idea, that education should give to the young generation the best tools available to succeed in life. The questions regarding what is success is fundamental. In my personal opinion, success is a combination of a social and professional capacity that promotes the well being of the individual and its society during his mature life.  

The educational system of now days, is concentrated in teaching informative material and creating a discipline of learning due to demands. The frame created by the schools should be preserved. It promotes social interaction between kids and teach a general knowledge required for the future. Those aspect are important for the sake of the social development of any individual and the promotion of a basic general knowledge required to all.

From the other side, this kind of education lack a very important aspect. The capacity of a person to learn by himself and evolve based on his willingness. This capacity can be called “self education”. Following the period of school, an individual is required to constantly learn new things and enlarge his own knowledge. this requirement will determine the capacity of the individual to become professional in his field. Additionally, it will give him the capacity to understand better what is going on around him. Which will promote his activism in his society.

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The capacity to learn by yourself is crucial and require practice. The distinction between learning in a classroom and learning by yourself is needed, as those are two different field and practices. Similarly to the education is a class room, the promotion of self education need to be promoted and maintained by both parents and teachers. 

The technological developments of the last decades, gives to the young generation tools that did not existed previously. It allow individuals to access information freely and rapidly. Moreover, it allow a personalized rhythm of learning and development based on self interest. I do not believe a bad choice exist, when self educating yourself. Any field – Painting, playing music, reading, signing etc. Is good as long as persistence and self development exist.

To convince a young person to learn what he likes, is not complicated. He just need to be exposed to the right platform and having the time to evolve. To support such a development, the role of parents and educators is to show support, reward on improvement , encouragement and promoting persistence. It is not important if the kid decide to change his field of interest. as long as he practice self education, a new skill is developing.

Giving this tool to our young generation, is crucial for their self development and the creation of a better society. The lack of interest of our current society in its state, the incapability of many to inquire new skills in the middle of their life and the lack of social engagement are all part of the lack of self education. Self education need to be part of any constructive education. As the society is a sum of its individual – By creating stronger individual, we will start creating a better society.

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We all need to be part of a community.

The integration of the technological tools into our life, have left many people feeling lonely and detached from their society. This feeling is natural, as we detach ourselves from our communities. The need to part of something exist since the begging of our evolution. It is impossible to determine if this behavior is a requirement of our specie or an habit that root in our society with our evolution. In both of the cases, the conclusion is the same. We need to be part of a community to feel better, safer and more relevant.

The development of the last decades, has left many of us alone. The integration of the internet, the smartphone, the creation of mega cities and the blend of cultures in our neighborhood, had pushed many people to develop chronicle loneliness. In many ways, this behavior is a natural process, as we are losing our identify as nations, as city and as individuals. The rise of consumerism that promote the idea that we should all be unique and special, do not promote any positive aspects in the subject. Oppositely, it deliberately detached one from his peers by convincing him he should prove constantly that he is different.

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In the life of many, an individual pass the majority of his time alone. Alone in his car, in the train, in front of his computer, in front of his television and alone in his home. The amount of free time available to many is very limited due to the lifestyle of a big city, which doesn’t help the situation. Moreover, the habit of sitting in front of a screen will many time bring a person to spend the little free time that he have in isolation. Social skills require practice as our confidence require reinforcement. A long period of isolation, will develop in many people mind an lack of self confidence in real life and will cut them from accessing channels in which they can reach to communities that fit their interest.

The detachment of individual from their environment have also a lot to do with the political agenda of our days. It is promoted and maintained by the feeling of danger and terror which is constantly presented in the media. Such  a feeling have a name. It is called “the mean world Syndrome” – It is a phenomenon whereby violence related content of mass media makes viewer believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

This isolation is comfortable for our government and the cooperation of our days for many reasons. It makes us weaker, more obedient and more ignorant. It allow the politician to promote their self interest and hold power, while it give the tools needed to the cooperation’s to continue to extract our time for their profit. One of the main tool humanity had for protecting itself was its strong community and its capacity to group. Without it, we are single unites that can not resist the big mechanism. I believe, this is the main reason many people today feels that they do not have the power to create a change. They feel to lonely and to small in this world.

We need to be part of a community. It promotes all the positive things we need. Personal health, creativity, it gives us a feeling we are part of something and can give us a purpose. On a social scale, it give us the power to resist the movements of the world and allow us to fight back when we feel something is wrong. We are a social being, it is  part of what makes us humans.

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Community need to be created. Their location and activities should be promoted to allow awareness and access to everyone. We need real places, in which people meet, interact and play. We need to create them and engage people to join. This is a first step in the creation of a better world.

It is normal that many will be suspicious or reluctant at first, as they forgot how important it is. Many others, are just to afraid to try. Many ways exist for the creation of such communities. They differ based on the place, culture and interest. Nevertheless, they are extremely important. Share with me your ideas about how to promote this subject and help me create communities that promote the well being of their neighborhoods. Only we have to power to create for ourselves a better future and only together we can make it happened.

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