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Education is the key for a better life!
"The roots of education are bitter,
but their fruits are sweet."This was said by Archimedes, the Greek mathematician and physicist who lived from 287 to 212 BC.
If today young people are asked what they think about education, at least the first part of this statement is confirmed, because the answers are:
School, teachers, memorization of years, boredom, class work, certificates . . .
Even with the older people, the answers are similar, as may come to the chastisements.
I have studied pedagogy and have always tried to convey school as joyful and pleasant. It has often succeeded, but often I was far from that desire. However, when I meet former students today, I am often surprised how positively they rate their school time.
The teaching profession is nice, but not easy. But in what other profession can you accomplish so much?
However, most teachers are often unaware of how much they influence the future life of their students, even shaping it, in the positive as well as in the negative. Again and again, I was able to witness this when I heard how many of my words have been remembered by grown-up adults today.
EDUCATION, what is it?
Colloquially, education is often equated with the terms knowledge, intellectuality, sophistication and maturity. In part, all these nouns are only part of the education.
Probably the origin of the word comes from the Old High German "bildunga" (in German Bildung) and means "creation, portrait, form".
The medieval theologian and philosopher Eckhart von Hochheim is said to have introduced the term education into the German language. It meant for him the "learning of serenity" and was considered a "matter of God", so that man would become like God ".
Learning serenity - is this possible through education?
The answer is yes, but more about that later.
Long before Eckhart von Hochheim or Meister Eckhart, as he was also called, has Plato, a Greek philosopher, who was born 428 BC. in Athens, commented on education:
"Three things are necessary for education: giftedness, diligence and time."
This statement is still valid today, I would replace giftedness with 'pleasure in learning'. Because this joy is what drives people to want to know more, to educate themselves. Anyone who asks questions, no matter how banal they seem, forms himself. What a joy it is to find answers, whether through conversations with others or through reading.
The Swiss constitutional lawyer and philosopher Carl Hilty (1833-1909) thought of the latter as early as the 19th century and said:
"Education does not come from reading, but from thinking about what has been read."
Today, in the age of the computer and the media, we have many opportunities to read, gain knowledge. Also in school, the focus is on the transfer of knowledge, what can be tested.
But knowledge alone is not education. Education goes much further!
It is not enough to list the longest rivers in the world, that is not education yet.
Rather, we should recognize the immense importance of the rivers - past, present, and future - and act accordingly.
Also, it is not enough to be able to name the water molecule, but to see the priceless value of this elixir of life.
Education means thinking further, seeing the connections.
Education also includes common sense, judgment and critical distance to today's flood of information.
This brings us back to serenity, because people who have those powers and think further and for themselves are not easily disconcerted, are less likely to fall for demagogues and trends. They are more solid in themselves than the untrained, rest in themselves.
That makes them calm and therefore happier.
Yes, education really makes you happier!
That too has been known for a long time.
"Education is like a second sun to the educated." This is what 500 years BC Heraklit said, whom one can see as a pioneer of wisdom.
Closer to our time, this statement was made by Robert Frost, who lived at the beginning of the 20th century:
"Education is the ability to listen to almost everything without losing your composure or self-confidence."
Where does this self-confidence come from?
The base is laid in childhood. And apart from the parents, the teachers have a great task and responsibility.
Teachers should act as "human formators" who turn the "mere teaching school" into a "school for life" which goal is to educate children to be open-minded, inquisitive, self-thinking and critical, and to lay the foundation of their self-confidence and self-esteem.
At the same time, they should also learn to respect people and Nature, because that too is part of education.
Many of you will say now
"These are lofty goals, but Utopia ..."
Maybe, but do not all of us need lofty goals to achieve something?
We should finally stop being too negative and humiliate people with vision.
We should all be shaken up by this lethargy and do our part for the benefit of humanity.
Don't think "the individual cannot do anything", but tackle and lead by example.
You'll be surprised how many people have similar thoughts, just do not dare to voice them or are simply too comfortable to put them into action.
Let's start with "Sapere Aude!", then we're on the right track!
Because education never stops, must never stop, it is an ongoing process that enriches our lives into old age.
There are enough possibilities! One of them is our more than 1000 websites in German and English. There are so many new insights, not only in science, but in all areas of life that can benefit us humans.
Those who stop learning, miss so much, no longer participate in life.
Everything material can be taken from us, but not our education.
It keeps us young, helps us in many ways, may even be a lifesaver in the uncertain times ahead of us.
And as a half-grown boy from India wrote:
EDUCATION IS POWERFUL!
Therefore, I hope that Nietzsche is not right when he says:
"Education is getting smaller every day because the hurry is getting bigger."
It is only up to us, to each of us, because
"Every human being has the chance to improve at least one part of our world, namely himself."
Do you want to know who said that?
I will gladly answer this question and any others you may have. Also comments and suggestions are welcome!
I wish you much peace and joy while browsing our 1000+ web-pages.
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