Paradigm Shift in Education: Krishnamurti on the Educator, RAW on Ignorance, Gato on the System, and Hamming on Learning

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The root cause of society’s ills is how we deal with education. Deep down we all know this, but for decades we have barely lifted a finger to address it. The main reason for this inaction is because most of us are ourselves products of this defective system. We have been programed for obedience, turned into self-absorbed apathetic beings that submit to authority and fear dissent.

We are bombarded with propaganda that wants us to believe in the economy. That if everyone had a job and the economy was growing at whatever rate our centralized governments had set, then all would be well. There are two problems with this mindset. First, our crony cannibalistic economic system will never reach this zenith. Second, it’s a lie; a better economy is not the solution to our woes. What is, is educating our children to become integrated beings, free of envy and materialism. Unfortunately, our present education system is not set up to achieve this task, not yet anyway, but it’s coming, and it will change everything.

There is a war going on for the hearts and minds of our children – for the control of the future. Our present education system is collapsing and numerous parties are vying over who will be the dominant player during this revolution, hence the faction in control of the new system. From billionaires like Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates to politicians, governments, traditional and charter schools, massive open online courses, homeschoolers, teachers, unions, and parents, everyone is joining the fray.

No matter what the final outcome, the simple fact is that a centralized system should never again be allowed to dominate education in our society. We are diverse and social creatures and require intimate and personal stimulation to grow, learn, question, and create. To be educated we need engagement; to be fulfilled we need to be triggered – we need educators that engage students – to challenge, inspire, and motivate.

As for how we can achieve this task? The answers have been available for decades, we just haven’t acted on them. Below you will find some examples of what needs to be done.

What follows are excerpts from Jiddu Krishnamurti’s “Education and The Significance of Life” (pdf), as well as lectures from three playlists: Robert Anton Wilson’s first segment as he “Explains Everything; Or Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance” (links to torrent on The Pirate Bay), John Taylor Gatto’s first hour interview regarding the “Ultimate History Lesson”, and Richard Hamming’s opening lecture on “Learning to Learn”.

The works complement each other quite well and are well worth exploring, especially for educators and parents:

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  • BuzzCoastin

    any large scale change in society, especially radical change
    usually meets with a lot of resistance
    and there never seems enough momentum to change the status quo
    the best change one can hope for
    is a change one’s own way of living
    and let the crowd go on their merry way

    • salviad

      Unfortunately, that philosophy has one serious drawback according to Martin Niemöller:

      “First they came for the communists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

      “Then they came for the socialists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

      “Then they came for the trade unionists,
      and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

      “Then they came for me,
      and there was no one left to speak for me.”

      • BuzzCoastin

        Niemöller is reporting the reaction of sheep to a predator
        I’m suggesting that awake people
        who already know full well about the predilections ravenous wolves
        take some actions to protect themselves first
        and then any sheep they can afford to shelter second

        • salviad

          That I agree with. An alternative system has to be offered to change the status quo.

          • BuzzCoastin

            traditionally there are three major escape routes:
            drop out & kick it free style
            spiritual/guru/sadu/monk
            agrarian skills
            Voltaire sums it up nicely in The Conclusion of Candide
            it’s well worth the read & not just The Conclusion also

            “I know also,” said Candide, “that we must cultivate our garden.”

            PS: The Crowd is not going to follow; it looks like Hell to them.

          • salviad

            Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll add it to my ‘to read list’.

            And I agree with you on the masses. The momentum should have changed already if we were to have as gentle a transition as possible, in the West any way. We’re in it for the long haul now, unfortunately.

  • DrDavidKelly

    As McKenna said: Culture is your enemy

  • drokhole

    Awesome article, phenomenal additional resources!