WHY SHOULD SOCIETY AND EDUCATION At LARGE CHANGE?

Carl Jung(1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology and influenced the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies. He said: "Emotion is the moment when steel meets flint and a spark is struck forth, for 'emotion' is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion."

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was a French Renaissance philosopher essay writer Shakespeare and etc. and wrote about the human condition. He said: "It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity."

    These are some famous thinkers' insights that many current groups seem to ignore? Something is wrong when so many people need gangs, shooting sprees, robberies, murders and seek abusive behaviors? Why choose evil when good is available? The Enlightenment was supposed to improve this.

Society at large now cares for humans by giving them more freedom, more money, more advantages or touting religious beliefs. The industrial age brought convenience and a job but it has already proven that artificial intelligence will change much of this.

It is therefore necessary to redefine what a person needs to sustain a healthy meaningful life in the 21st Century. Current education primarily provides mental reasoning skills to get a job. A new idea is surfacing called 'emotional intelligence' which means more of the whole self needs to become properly educated!

The arts have been neglected and considered a frill. TOTALITY means the whole self, 'the soul', also needs to be educated, not just mental reasoning. But Relational Knowing is established at birth, when we become alive by moving and making a sound. Active individual/ensemble Orff Schulwerk music-making stimulates creativity, personal responsibility, emotional sensitivity and confidence keeping Relational Knowing alive in us by giving us the 'joy of life-long learning'.  

In my book, Flying Away, Haida Gwaii Interim Superintendent and also Principal of Aboriginal Education, Joanne Yovanovich, explains her philosophy of education to preserve education and the Haida culture. I wish them very well!

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