EDUCATION IS AN INHERENT BIRTH RIGHT BUT DOES THE EDUCATION SYSTEM HAVE IT RIGHT?

From the moment we are born until the moment we die we are being educated.

Education Future

What we teach now determines the life our children live in the future

Life education is more than an approximate 20 year span of academic studies. However education is generally seen in this limited fashion because of how it’s come to be taught!
The wise ancients would laugh at modern day education; they would say that today’s structured education is missing vital ‘spirit’ elements of education.

Over the past twenty years there has been a dramatic upsurge in the number of adults seeking various avenues of spiritual education – not religious education for that is an individual choice presently included in today’s education system – a spiritual understanding of academic studies and their application to life must therefore be lacking if this need has arisen.

Spiritual awakening

Who am I? How do I reach my full potential in life?

Education has in many instances become a business rather than a privileged service to youth. In days gone by wise tribe elders who proudly shared their wisdom held the honored position of youth educators. Nowadays because of a vastly different lifestyle the tribe elder of a family instead pays a stranger to educate his children!

Today’s education system has replaced tribal elders but is this system offering students wisdom together with facts or it is merely facts alone?

The ancients honored that the fact that we are all spiritual beings briefly passing through the experience of life. The ancients further understood the importance of practicality – they knew that students had to be able to count how many trees were in a forest as well as appreciate and respect trees because of their continual life supporting service to planet earth!

Life Teaching

It's important we all know our heritage

Today humanity is suffering because of a lack of understanding and respect for life! Our education system irrespective of whether it located in either a privileged or under privileged counties is missing this one vital element.

Many would assume at this point that this is the role of parents.  Yes, parents today can be equated with tribe elders but how can they teach this to their children what they them selves didn’t learn!

In recent years when I was involved with education in the Middle East I was horrified to discover parents supporting an out sourced course teaching ethics be added to the school curriculum!

Ethics I consider is something every child should instinctively learns from every adult he or she encounters in their formative years – not something that requires mastering through academic studies!

Village schooling

Ethics is taught by example.

This led me to ponder the following aspects of education.

  • Education is not just a structured system
  • Education is an inherent aspect of the essence of life
  • Education is something at birth we all instinctively yearn
  • Education’s foundation is sourced from an inner awareness that we are all involved in an infinite learning / teaching exchange process
  • Educational resources are continually available from life itself through life’s continual guiding examples
  • Educating youth is easy when adults realize that they teach by example and that youth display to adults what they need to be taught through bouts of frustration and lack of interest directly related to lack of understanding
  • Structured Education Systems can only produce outstanding academic scholars from students who have insatiable appetites for learning
  • Structured education alone in its limited time frame cannot solely stimulate ‘student learning’ appetites – nor was it ever intended to
  • Learning appetites, like any appetites are only stimulated by something passionately desired
  • Learning appetites can only be stimulated by those who passionately desire to teach. Unfortunately not all teachers, (parents included) are passionate teachers
  • Likewise teachers who aren’t passionate about learning can’t instill a passion for learning to their students
  • Passionate teachers are constantly seeking new and more effective ways to teach
  • Unmotivated teachers generally  produce unmotivated students
  • Unmotivated students cannot grow into the full awareness of the full worth of education
  • Students detached from the awareness of the worth of education cannot grow into their full life potential or that of an effective adult educator

And so it is!

  • Those who are passionate teachers are also passionate learners!
  • Those who are passionate about what they do are successful in all that they do in life!
  • Education systems and educators world wide are not perfect!
  • Parents world wide, who are also educators are not perfect!
  • Nothing in life is perfect!
  • Perfection is a state of being toward which we all should strive even though we know we will never achieve perfection!
  • Perfection in this ever changing transforming world is like chasing an elusive butterfly, but everyone knows that children love chasing butterflies?
  • As children we intuitively knew the worth of a life chase even if the catch remained elusive!

Several years ago I made the self declaration – ‘If my heart isn’t singing I’m not doing it!’

Study Boredom

When study is boring we give up....

I made this declaration which I can honestly say I’ve adhered to because of adult employment dissatisfaction and because of how I felt the education system had let me down many years earlier. Had the education system not let me down I may well have found fulfilling adult employment!

When I was 13years old my spirit craved to be practical and creative, so when selecting high school subjects I applied for creative courses only to be refused being told that my ‘IQ’ was far too high to study such courses, and furthermore I was accused of being lazy for making these choices!

Not only was I in disbelief but my spirit was immediately crushed.  My spirit placed absolutely no importance my ‘IQ’ results! My spirit knew perfectly well what it most desired! Unfortunately for my spirit my school administrators felt I’d be best served honoring my minds potential rather than my hearts desire!

I did initially attempt to study the mind serving I’d been forced to take but my interest soon waned  as  boredom set  and before I knew it I was regularly skipping lessons until enthusiastically  quit school the very day I turned 15 and was of legally permitted to do so!

Environment Education

Education must be interesting

Life I have discovered is not always easy following spirited heart guidance alone. I’m sure a diploma or two would have made my life much easier but the education system in one decision destroyed any and all passion I had to pursue a formal education! I believe it is the right of every student to pursue the call of their spirit with the expectation that the education system will support them in this pursuit!

Students cannot achieve optimum success being boxed in to conformity. Limiting students could equate to ‘personal potential’ imprisonment. Students should not be directed to the belief that there are limited ways to achieving personal success!

Education is supposed to help every student reach their full potential. To do this students require encouragement to be self expressive and arduously explorative in their every learning endeavor.

Self Expression is a Vital Part of Education

I believe that most present day formal education systems in either privileged or underprivileged countries  are in many ways bypassing  vital life serving  wisdom that was once handed down to youth from tribal elders.  I see this missing element of education as a gaping hole in today’s education system. If this hole were blocked up not only would students benefit but so too would the whole of humanity!

I grew up in Australia which is considered a privileged country and in more recent years have lived in Egypt, considered an underprivileged country and having been involved with both education systems I see only administrative similarities rather than differences.

Some schools are expensive and have  incredible resources while other schools are inexpensive and have very limited resources, but the greatest resources any school can ever have is passionate teachers!

No amount of money or styled curriculum or technological resource can ever tap into a students learning potential the way a passionate teacher can! Passionate educators are the most valuable asset any learning facility can house!

Tribal Tradition

Educating with Passion and Pride

Life has proven to be my greatest teacher by allowing me total freedom of choice and self-expression in both moments of personal failure and personal triumph. Life has educated me in ways a formal education never could have! If the education system today could balance life teachings and academic teachings I’m sure it would be on a winner in every county of the world irrespective of social standing!

Maybe today’s education system would be greatly enhanced by being reclassified and restructured to being a Complete Life Education rather than a Structured Academic Education!

Maybe then the world could as ‘John Lennon Imagined’ many years ago live as one and we could alleviate the separating terms privileged and under-privileged from the definition of global structure.

Teaching with passion

Passionate Educators Create Passionate Students

NB#  I wrote this essay for a competition but after completing it I realised that I had misunderstood the required topic to allow my essay entry eligibility so I decided to post it here. I sincerely care about the education of our youth. I’m sure there are some school systems around the globe that are respecting the spirits of their students together with the spirit of life in their curricula activities. One day I hope this becomes the rule of education rather than the exception to the rule.

Kerry Guy

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EGYPT AWAITS NEW BIRTH

The Egyptian Revolution Effect as I See It
by Kerry Guy

Change Must Come

January 25th 2011 – A day none of us who at the time were living in Egypt will ever forget!

Is Egypt the same as she was before that memorable date? Of course not – but then again no woman once pregnant is as she was before pregnancy and nor is she ever again irrespective of whether she has a miscarriage, an abortion or a healthy delivery. Pregnancy changes lives forever!

Pregnancy doesn’t only have an effect on the pregnant female – pregnancy has an effect on every member of a pregnant woman’s family, her friends and her work environment. In fact, the biological physical and emotional changes a woman undergoes during pregnancy have an overall effect on all life around her!

Egyptians Stand One

Egyptians Stand One

I see Egypt as presently being pregnant. I consider The Revolution as the conception point of this pregnancy. In mass lusty euphoria and heated passion Egyptians impregnated Egypt with a massive spark of hope housing the potential to give birth to the fairer more honest Egypt her people so heroically sought.

All pregnancies represent hope for new life. Egypt’s conceived HOPE for new life was confirmed on February 11th – the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Egypt was electric with excitement that day. If one can imagine the feeling of joy and excitement of prospective parents when they receive confirmation of a long awaited pregnancy being multiplied by millions maybe, just maybe a hint of the euphoria that swept through Egypt at that time can be imagined. Yet I honestly I doubt that imagining the powerful electrical energy buzz that filtered through Egypt that evening is possible unless you were here!  That night was amazing. That night I am sure I lived the highest natural fleeting high I will ever experience in my lifetime.

Egypt's Hope

Seeds for Hopes Standing up for Hope

So Egypt is now living the pregnancy she long dreamed of but pregnancy is a delicate state. Not all pregnancies are successful and all pregnancies have good days, bad days and even life threatening days. However in patient committed loving care most pregnancies run full term and end in a healthy delivery.  Family support and understanding are vital for the soon to be mother during the happy yet precarious time of pregnancy.

Egypt now in her pregnancy requires this type of patient committed supportive loving care from all her family members. Egypt is Egyptian’s Mother Land and in this land where the priority on families, but especially mothers is so high I feel this point is an important point to stress.

Support Egypt

We Patiently Commit our Support to Egypt's New Birth

I trust a New Egypt will be born but naturally the length of Egypt’s pregnancy is undeterminable because of numerous unpredictable human factors. Egypt’s pregnancy depending on how it is supported and cared for by its family members has the possibility of being either short term or long term.

The celebratory birth of the New Egypt is undeniably in the hands of her people. Egyptians have to stand together as one patiently supporting Egypt’s pregnancy just as they proudly and patiently stood together as one to bring about the monumental transformational moment of her conception during the final days of January 2011.

Let’s hope Egypt’s family both birthed and adopted follow doctors advice as how to best patiently support their Mother Land in her time of  pregnancy in the very same way they would support and care for pregnant wife sister or mother  in their direct family.

Egypt's Freedom

We Will Live Our Dream

In closing I would simply like to add a tribute to those who bravely lost their lives during the revolution. Young men and women courageously died to bring about this conception. Let them not have died in vain. It is the duty we who are left behind to honour them by supporting Egypt’s pregnancy in the best way possible to successfully bring it to full term.

Egypt Mourns

We Honor You. Rest in Peace.

Most pregnancies begin with a state of morning sickness. Egypt’s pregnancy heartbreakingly began in a state of mourning for these incredible heroes – may not one of their names ever be forgotten and may they always rest in peace.

Revelution Hope

Egypt Awaits New Birth