Education

I believe, the current system is failing. It puts profits before Earth. Short-term gains delude us. There are several causes for this effect. We are surronded by ideas, products, lifestyles that corrode our existence on Earth. It is important that we understand the effects of the modern lifestyle alone – the carbon footprint, and the exploitation of nature in order to satisfy wants rather than needs. But these still don’t make enough sense if we don’t know the ecological value of the nature that surrounds us. There are infinite processes that are taking place at this (and every) moment in nature that is making life happen. Studying a handful of these processes can lead us to understand the enormous value of nature.

Education influences our thought, and actions. We are not just a product of decisions that we rely on each moment, but we are a result and an outcome of our childhood, and memories past. They are important. Anybody can change their minds later in life. But the system doesn’t provide those privileges to everyone, and most of us don’t have the willingness, ability or luxury to go back and think through large processes.

Alternative education systems, sometimes address this by teaching a few things . These systems are miniscule but they exist. Given that I was a part of an alternative curriculum, at least in relation to the other institutions that existed in my town as it encouraged ‘critical’ and ‘creative’ thinking to a certain extent, I am very curious to see other such systems that are much more marginal but are enriching. Because these little revolutions, as they may exist, could contain several answers to the limitations of our mainstream education.

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