Letters extra: Making the world a safer place

21st March 2003 at 00:00

"It is no use trying to solve problems with the same sort of thinking that caused them" - Einstein.

So, in order to make the world a safer place for our children, it would seem sensible to educate school populations (of all social classes) with enough moral and intellectual excellence to cope with the future. To achieve this, a shift in emphasis is called for giving priority to the personal development of young people. Thus the pupils share their feelings and values with each other during intensive discussions in groups, from as early as five years of age to leaving school at 16 or 18.

Experience has shown there is an enormous upsurge in compassion. This quickly leads to a corresponding increase in thinking skills and growth of responsible attitudes, because best ideas for living continually surface and will not be denied. Under these conditions, the potential for work and caring flourishes; but above all, wisdom is born - a rare commodity in the annals of education and the councils of the world. Tragically, this process for real fulfilment is absent from most schools, due to their priorities, as is evidenced by the continuous record of preventable distress.

If universal education was allowed to breed compassionate thinking, instead of mere knowledge, we might just stand a chance of bringing people together in harmony with their environment and each other - before it is too late.

Robert K. Mc.Kechnie

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