The term 'Education' Defined

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:07 pm
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Here is a working definition of Education as you explore and use this web site.

Education in its current state emulates the machine-like workings of a factory focused on numbers and output. Properly aligned, in practice and principle, with the basic drive to learn in all living things, learning takes on a life of its own, an organic, dynamic, fully engaged state of mindfulness.

2500 years ago Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote: “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.”

Working in accord with play, education optimally occurs in a 'learning habitat' in which young human beings feel safe to explore their nature and the aspects of the world at large, and to challenge themselves to grow and reach based on intrinsically (and appropriate extrinsically) defined values.

Play is a form of energy that fuels learning behavior, guiding human exploration and discovery from the inside out. This means that Education should provide the human support and setting to allow play to bear the fruit of self-navigation. Education should empower based on an already intelligent process residing in every child.

Play is both a birthright of the young and the scientific foundation of education.

Players wanted. Inquire within.

© 2004 Jeffrey L. Peyton
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