On the subject of education

On the subject of education

The concept and practice of education is as old as civilization itself, with clear evidence of schools and institutions of higher learning found in many cultures, including ancient India, China, Egypt and Greece. The similarity between all these cultures was a belief in the immutable ‘soul’ of the student, which required proper education in order to manifest its highest potential. This type of ‘classical’ education typically involved many facets in both the sciences and arts, to develop a well-rounded person that could uphold the principles of goodness (e.g. dharma), as well as fulfill their role in society. The educational experience was typically more informal, often performed outside or while traveling, carried out over a period of several years, ending only when the teacher felt the student had completed their studies. In contrast, the modern education system that most of us grew up with owes its origin and structure to a model developed in Germany during the 18th century, called … [Read more...]