Educational Philosophy

Never before in the history of humanity has a generation experienced such a high level of wealth and comfort. Technological achievements have allowed us the opportunity to see worlds outside of our solar system, and communicate instantly with individuals continents away. There can be no denying that such advancement has benefited humanity. However, this concerted effort to create material value has often come at the expense of the most basic and eternal values such as compassion and peace. Today’s youth are experiencing a serious spiritual malaise and a deep confusion of values.

Education has always been the key to realigning the values of society. Arthur Levine of the Teachers College at Columbia University has stated to the effect that while education is the slowest means to social change, it is the only means.

Education has the power to create profound change in society. When an individual or a society grasps the value of a particular subject, their world view and ultimately their course of action changes according to this new understanding. Throughout history, those individuals and groups who blazed new paths for society had received a substantial education in their youth. The Civil Rights movement in America, the struggle for independence in India, and today’s current struggle for freedom in Burma each have a leadership that holds education very dearly.

Education furthermore has the power to significantly develop the potential of each individual. Whatever values an individual possesses, and how the individual feels about themselves and the world are determined greatly by the type of education an individual receives.

As of 2009, there are seventy-two million children lacking access to primary education throughout the world. The most basic education has the effect of reducing poverty levels, improving health, ensures a higher standard of living, and encourages greater participation in government. Ensuring that basic education is available for all children is therefore a crucial step to mitigating some of our world’s current problems. As a key benchmark for other systemic problems, it is imperative that all children have the opportunity to receive an adequate education.

As Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and builder of over 90 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan said, “The #1 priority in the world should be global education.”

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