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Seventh Generation Education

Education in the style of The Public School Nightmare is no longer viable.  It is a self-defeating and unconscionable infringement upon the lives of those who have been thrust into its deadly environment.  In its stead, is the possibility of an Education for the Seventh Generation, where the decisions of today always consider their effects on the seventh generation -- i.e. they always take the long term view.  

The Vision of Education for the Seventh Generation (ESG) is an educational system intended to provide society with the knowledge, creativity and wisdom essential for the continuing growth of individual students and the community.  ESG is about individual empowerment, enhancing individual's self-esteem and confidence in their ability to learn and perform, recapturing the joy of discovery and learning that everyone had as a child, and encouraging achievement of an individualís highest potentials.  ESG utilizes learnerís holistic natural talents to provide them with the highest probability of maximizing their learning, retention, and performance.  ESG creates a stress-free, joyful, psychologically and physically healthy environment to enhance self-esteem and focus on learner needs.  

The Attributes of ESG are the teaching of success instead of failure, connectedness instead of separateness, and holistic, generalized views instead of narrow specializations.  The intent is to create open systems with the potential for positive transformations (instead of closed Paradigms), adjust easily to different learning styles, take advantage of specialized interests (while making connections with other aspects), involve in the learning process the entire person (mind, brain, and body), utilize discovery and experience as part of the joy of learning, and encourage innate curiosity -- without limiting the learner by imposing rigid systems, standards, ideals, or authorities.  

ESG Tools and Techniques include utilizing to the greatest possible extent the results of educational research into effective and accelerated learning.  ESG, for example, presents information in manners that appeal to both hemispheres of the brain -- verbal, logical, and sequential information for the left brain, and creative, visual, and holistic information for the right brain.  Particular emphasis is placed on the right brainís extraordinary ability to memorize.  There is also emphasis on whole-brain learning, orchestrating techniques so as to engage the right brain in cooperation with the left brain.  These techniques include both analysis and synthesis; as well as frequent juxtaposition of the logical and the emotional, the sequential and the global, the linguistic and the musical.  Rich emotional classroom environments are utilized to achieve a sense of well being and a state of heightened awareness, along with accelerated learning techniques of using relaxation, music, art, games, art, and storytelling.  Distinct intelligences in the learner are addressed, including linguistic, kinesthetic, logical, mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual, spatial, musical, rhythmical, and body intelligence.  Different learning modalities and modeling are incorporated, along with cooperative learning techniques.  

The basis of ESG is Learner-Centeredness, where the primary beneficiary is the learner.  I.e. ESG is learner-centered, instead of teacher-centered, administration-centered, and/or ego-centered.  Learner trial and error, encouragement, learning experiences, frustrations, emotions, and the joy of success are emphasized.  Learners can realize that their mind is an amazing, unlimited resource; believe in their inherent ability to learn, perform and succeed; and ultimately to take ownership of their learning (while the teacher steps aside and becomes transparent).  In all respects, ESG will adhere to The Tao of Teaching.  

The Curriculum of ESG is primarily about making the learning experience a joyful and fulfilling one, such that individuals are encouraged and motivated to continue to learn throughout their lives.  All subjects deemed useful in any sense of the word are fair game.  By the same token, ESG accepts no bounds or limitations on what can or should be learned.  Diversity and flexibility in thought, action, and belief systems are encouraged.   

Intolerance is not tolerated (pardon the oxymoron)!  Rules and regulations are kept to a minimum.  The key is to take advantage of the natural curiosity of the learner in his or her chosen interests, while making available the breath of interests which reinforce and connect with the chosen specialties.  For example, if the interest is in dinosaurs (as in the case of Calvin and Hobbes), one teaches mathematics (or any other subjects) by using dinosaurs as examples.  The process of learning is more important than the content.  There are no absolute truths (nor absolute curriculums), and ESG does not advocate that such truths do in fact exist.  The key is the creating the ability of an individual to choose their own content, use Discrimination in its selection, and to ultimately appreciate the diversity and immensity of creation in general.  There can be no bounds on curriculum.  

 

Education         The Public School Nightmare

Compulsory Education; A dialogue

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The Tao of Teaching         Manners and Courtesy         Calvin and Hobbes

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