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Education is about learning things. And learning to think.

This is a great introduction from Wikipedia.org. Go there to see their latest update, with links.

Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and also something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, good judgement and wisdom. One of the fundamental goals of education is to impart culture across the generations.

Overview

Education begins the minute a baby is born and is life-long. Education may even begin before birth as evidenced by some parents playing music or reading to the baby in the womb in the hope it will influence (educate) their child before birth. For some, the struggles and triumphs of daily life are far more instructive than formal schooling (Thus Mark Twain: "I never let school interfere with my education.") Family members have an educational effect which is quite profound — often more profound than they realize — though family teaching techniques may be highly informal.

Formal education occurs when society makes a commitment to educate people, usually the young. Formal education can be systematic and thorough, but the sponsoring group may seek selfish advantages when shaping impressionable young scholars.

Life-long or adult education has become widespread. Many adults have given up the notion that only children belong in school. Many adults are enrolled in post-secondary education schools, both part-time and full time, where they are often classified as non-traditional students in order to distinguish them administratively from young adults entering directly from high school.

Computing devices can change when and where we learn. This is the computer based or networked learning structure, in which people contribute to each others' education. It is defined as online education (a subset of distance education), the European Graduate School as a University operates during the summer, it serves as a meeting point for people that has participated in online forums through the academic year, this methodology is a break to the traditional educational system.

Our approach to learning favours a natural approach with appreciation of anthropomorphic analogy and biomicry. It draws on the example of one of the founders of modern education, Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi, 1742 - 1827. Pestalozzi offers a comprehensive foundation in natural learning, aptly summed up by the motto "hands, head, heart". Pestalozzi sought to enrich ones physical abilities, mental aptitudes and ethical enlightenment, advocating an experiential approach which nurtures the natural human abilities present in us all.

In our practical courses, our approach is simple:

  • Teach to think, rather than teach facts.

  • Focus on key ares: basic skills and areas of knowledge.

  • Include everyone: don't lower the goals for anyone, everyone can achieve a high standard. Use practical benchmanrks: measure performance based on the individual .

  • Create a nurturing environemnt: values of trust, decency and reliability should be demonstrated by everyone.

  • Involve everyone: coach don't lecture. Inform rather than instruct.

 

Here on the web, we can only introduce you to some technical ideas that we hope will stimulate more browsing.

Browse the various chapters at the left or browse a couple of online publications.

Courses For Everyone : Planning & Projection, Intro to Finance, Venture Capital.

Entrepreneurship Education a project by the World Economic Forum.  Executive Summary pdf.  Full Report pdf.

Keys to The Mind - A short booklet in .pdf discussing issues faced by parents bringing up children. Edward Murphy composed the guide after a career of raising and teaching children and directing schools.

Famous educators

Socrates said it all. He was millenia ahead of his time and still today we are learning to use the Socratic method of enquiry in to ourselves.

J. H. Pestalozzi changed education for all at a time of natural enlightenment, though it is only in recent years that his ideas are beginning to be emulated on a wide scale.

Rudolf Steiner extended understanding of human development and the interplay of body, mind and spirit in the early part of the 20th century. The area of anthrosophy now has a wide enthusiastic following and particular approaches to education are espoused by the Waldorf schools. (A Waldorf curriculum K12 * And Higher Grades)

Eton's Dr Keate

 

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