Can participatory education save polar bears from extinction?
It is a question that runs through the minds of those of us old enough to realize that our generation bears a great degree of responsibility for the complete mess the world is in.
And the tragically bad puns. Bears?
On the good side, we tore the Berlin Wall down, got the lead out of gasoline, and broke Nelson Mandela out of Robben Island into the South African presidency.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Manhattan does not become the “Scuba Museum of Twenty-First Century Excess.”
A city sunk by its idling yellow cabs.
As Syria goes up in smoke and Soho slowly submerges, it can be refreshing or hopeful for us guilt-wracked geezers to get involved with the education of young people. Maybe we can make their cleanup job a little easier. Or should we just focus on getting out of their way?
But some of us are in positions of influence, and changing the educational curricula to incorporate self-knowledge systems such as Meyers-Briggs profiling could only help. Enshrining conflict resolution, good teamwork and communication skills into the heart of our primary schools would be wonderful place to start too.
But here is an incendiary idea that would really help change the world for the better.
Instead of talking down to children for 12 years, why don’t we give them a revolutionary and effective communication tool called participatory education? It even comes in a digital form, and you know they’ll like that.
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