Philosophy of Education
Education ought to have as its goal the development of each entity as a fully actualized, self aware and productive member of our universal community. Education is a process of development thru the stages of pre-birth, birth, childhood adolescence, working life, death and beyond leaving some aspect of good or transcendence for future generations. The goal of education should be to prepare a person physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally to function in a moral and universal culture where all creatures are considered contributors and each entity (living and nonliving) is seen as necessary to the existence of the whole. Human education ought to be a process that develops an individual into a complete person.
A complete person is one that has knowledge of oneself in all its varied colors. Therefore a proper education ought to guide a being through the stages which cause an individual to become self aware as a contributor to the good of our culture starting at the local , preceding passed the nationalistic and worldwide stages into the universal community. The complete person recognizes oneself as a creature developing in time, space, spirit, and intellect with the goal of adding to the growth of the universal culture. One of the main benefits of an educated population is each member of the society will willingly contribute to the support of the whole. It is therefore logical to conclude that since each member of society benefits in some way from the growth, goodness, and bounty inherited from former contributors to society, we as current productive members should bare the cost to maintain the sources of that goodness and bounty. Therefore, the burden and cost of education is ultimately carried by each member of the society. The division of that cost is simple when the good of the entire world is considered. Each state, government, or collective culture should contribute as much as needed to produce the education system that produces the educated population. The dream of such a cooperative society is not likely given the present state of the world body politic and populace. It is sad to think that the divisions seen currently between rich and poor nations or even within rich and poor sectors of society hold our nation states hostage and preclude the implementation of the ideal educational system. Never the less I propose we work within the current system and at every moment advance human kind along the path toward a universal acceptance of humanity in all its varied shapes, colors, and sectors. In the most practical sense given our present strata of funding alternatives the cost of the greatest portion of the educational system ought to be paid for by each state and supplemented with contributions from a tax on every wage earners income. Checks and balances should be put in place to protect the integrity of the system and insure all members of the society in general have equal access to the opportunity to develop and benefit from a life long learning process. I admit these ideas may be hard to achieve in the short run; and even in the long run would take a radical change in our appreciation for each living entity present in our current worldview. It is however possible to see each learner as deserving of our best efforts and support in achieving self-fulfillment and becoming a self actualized and productive member of society. We can and must think not only of our current situations in this limited dimension of personal space. We must heed the call of our future generations and spare no expense in educating each other toward a state of universal growth and awareness.