Friday, 25 January 2013

A NEW Way of Learning – For a New World

Our approach to educating will change completely in a new social structure where the focus is on providing abundance for our communities while expressing our own creativity and talents. The typical school prisons that we have become accustomed to will disappear and there will most likely be no classrooms as they morph into more appropriate locations to teach and learn. Theoretical teaching will be reduced to a minimum while majority of learning will take place in the actual environment specific to the subject. These learning centres will be constantly adaptable to the everyday requirements of those who have been appointed as teachers.
The insane custom of cramming information into so-called ‘periods’ that last 30 min to an hour will also fall away as learning takes in a true experiential way and allows teachers and learners to truly explore each subject in depth.
All teaching and learning will be done by master teachers who are appointed by the community because they are respected and honoured by the people of the community for their specialised skills, talents, abilities and craftsmanship. This means that communities will have many masters with an infinite variety of skills across many subject. Because in the UBUNTU communities and lifestyle, there will be a long new list of things people do, which is unimaginable to us at present. People will create and participate in many activities that were previously not possible by the lack of money or because it was simply not financially viable. In UBUNTU communities, everything is possible.
Today, millions of children and adults are constantly denied the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in hobbies or sports because they cannot afford it or it is not available close-by. This situation will no longer apply.
In today’s society, the skilled artists/artisans who should be the teachers of our children are ignored and marginalised – creative expression and art is undermined in favour of scientific and financial achievement, while dead artists are celebrated by the rich and famous and their works are collected as tokens of achievement and status. Millions of talented artist and artisan are simply discarded by the world as we know it – until such time that they become a financial benefit to those who rule the roost.
And yet most of what we do in our lives are actually skills and a crafts that have taken time, commitment and attention to master. Some skills take many years to learn while others only a few minutes. From typing to shoemaking, to architecture, rocket science, bee keeping, baking, sewing, engineering, lawn mowing, farming, painting, sculpting, driving, sailing, flying, plumbing... the list is endless.  Even washing dishes and sweeping the floor are skills that need to be attained.
The beautiful thing about this approach is that there are as many skills and passions as there are people. In the UBUNTU system all teachers will be appointed by their own community and through the Council of Elders. Only those who carry the respect of the people and are deemed to be masters of their skills will be appointed.
Every subject and skill that is taught by master teachers will have a very unique flavour and therefore has to be taught in the environment in which it is normally performed. You cannot learn how to make cheese in a classroom -  you cannot learn how to grow seeds in a classroom – you cannot learn how to design a free-energy machine in a class room. In fact, there is very little that we can truly learn in classrooms.
Children growing up in UBUNTU communities will actually belong to the whole community in the sense that the community takes extra special care of their children. There are no homeless children, hungry children or uneducated children. Children are loved and cherished by the community and protected against any harm. All children get the same opportunities from the earliest age possible. Therefore, kindergartens and crèches will take on a different feel and function.
Community day-care and night-care centres will be the foundation of learning for young children. In these centres they will also receive unlimited healthcare and the best nutrition possible while in their most vulnerable years of life.
These centres will be managed by many people who are highly specialised in their respective fields and appointed by the community to care for the children. Among these skilled people will be developers of educational material who will develop such materials without restriction of any kind. Remember – money is no longer a hurdle to progress or success of any kind and therefore those who have been appointed by the community to develop educational and learning materials will have no restrictions.
Early learning will take place in the form of interactive games and other innovative techniques yet to be discovered. While Plato and many other great teachers of the past indicated the importance of ‘play’ and having fun during early development, we have completely negated this advice in modern times.
Fun and games have been removed from our schools by the control groups for obvious reasons. The current regime seems to believe that children should pay attention and listen to authority – not play games and have fun. Anyone who has ever taught young children will know how much information they retain and how much they learn by playing simple games or participate in fun interactive activities.
This early learning will include a wide variety of toys, tools, books, instruments and also technology like interactive video and informative programmes shown in a controlled environment while children are still too small and young to move around too much. The use of such tools has been extremely effective in giving young children important and basic knowledge about a large variety of subjects – before they venture out to learn about them on a practical level.
Special attention to artistic skills like drawing, painting and learning about musical instruments – experimenting with different instruments to activate their creative talents is critical. During these first formative years children will learn all the basic skills like reading and writing but the most important things they need to learn is to love and respect our planet, mother Earth.
Learn about soil, water, air and sunlight – learn how things grow and why they grow – learn about the animals, plants and insects – learn how to plant and grow seeds – where food comes from and how it is grown or made – learn about compost and earthworms – the cycle of nature – ignite their curiosity with as much diversity as possible.
As they learn this basic knowledge, from the age of around six years, they will start to participate in short half-day workshops and hands-on practical activities to learn the skills in greater detail. These practical experiences must include being exposed to as many different activities and skills as possible to keep their minds stimulated and wanting to learn more. They will visit as many masters as possible to stimulate their imagination and open their minds to unbridled possibilities.
At this early age children love to watch people do different things and everything is exciting. Most of the time they are inspired to somehow get involved – often they want to participate or imitate. They must be provided with all these opportunities and never denied their natural creative outburst of talent. Their exposure to what people do must be as wide as possible. From farming, baking, woodwork, building, engineering, sowing, music, arts, how chickens lay eggs and cows create milk – how cheese and butter is made, how cotton is spun and carpets are woven and everything imaginable. This will also help the children to activate and recognise their own natural talents at an early age.
Planting and growing seeds and food and taking care of the young plants and trees must be an ongoing part of early learning for the first few years. Children could be the source of all the seedlings and young trees that are used by the community. Especially the large number of herbs and medicinal plants that have been marginalised by the pharmaceutical industry. These will be used to great effect by traditional healers and natural healers who are masters of true healing.
These activities must include vegetables, fruit and nut trees of a wide variety to provide an abundance of food and health in years to come. This way children will develop bonds with what they grow and also develop mutual respect for what others have grown and cultivated – which will also include respect and love for mother nature.
There is a strong emphasis on participating in a wide variety of sports and cultural and recreational activities. Learning about music and playing instruments – painting and drawing and sculpting –all forms of art will be explored in abundance. After all, humans are creative creatures that are the expression of the Great Creation – and therefore our desire to create is insatiable and infinite. It is only the restrictions that have been placed on us in life by society, the economy and those who attempt to control us, that prevents us from continuously creating, developing, building, making, inventing... implementing.
Music schools and musical performances by children will most likely be a huge part of our cultural activity. The same applies to all forms of art and artistic expression – many such new forms will evolve in the UBUNTU communities because there will be no restriction due to a lack of money.
Sport and recreation will take on a similar evolutionary phase – some sport we participate in today will fade away, while new kinds of sports and games will be developed by communities as part of their creative expression.
Children will be encouraged to come up with creative solutions to the challenges of the community. Their ideas will be evaluated by the Council of Elders and implemented where it presents a benefit to the community. Young uncluttered minds often come up with the most brilliant ideas, but our society does not recognise or utilise these talents in any way today.

Older Children
As the children get older the duration of experiential, hands-on learning and workshops that they participate in will become longer. They will go from half-day; to full day; to several days in a workshop; to a week; then two weeks; a month and so on.
In this kind of creative and open learning environment, children will start to recognise their natural talents and skills very early in life. They will naturally steer towards their preferred abilities or talents and what they are truly interested in. So – by the time children are 12 years old they will already  have a pretty good idea what they are really good at, what drives them and excites them and what they want to do in life to contribute to the abundance of their community, while satisfying their own creative talents.
Between the ages of 12-14 the hands-on learning and workshops will keep getting longer. From a week to a full month or even more. The number of skills will be reduced and become more aligned with the abilities, skills and preferences of each child. No child is ever forced to do anything they do not want in the learning arena. Everyone is given complete freedom to pursue only what they are attracted to.
From the age of 14-16 the children will only have a few chosen skills they continue to master. These can now be seen as mini internships with master teachers, during which time the skills of the children will truly be refined. Once again – this can be anything the child has chosen for themselves and it can vary from farming to mathematics or sewing, to playing the violin.
In their 16th year, every child will do their final so-called internship of their preferred subject with a master teacher. By the time the children are 16 years old and have gone through thousands of practical learning experiences and workshops and internships with master teachers, on many levels, they will know more about life and all its secrets than all the academics in the world combined today.
And so, every child and every member of the community will have the knowledge and practical experience we can only dream of today. They will be able to build a rocket; milk a cow; solve mathematical equations; grow food; weave carpets; build bridges; make butter and cheese; create free energy machines; play various instruments; excel in sport; and so much more.
At the end of this final internship the children will go into their chosen “labour of love” (LOL) and become valuable contributors for the benefit of the entire community. Some people may see this as some kind of life-long commitment from which there is no escape. This is not the case but merely the residue of our poisoned minds still trying to throw hurdles in our way to complete freedom. I need to remind you that the UBUNTU Contributionism model suggests that everybody only contributes THREE hours per day with their chosen “labour of love”.
The main reason for this is quite simple. If we spend more than three hours per day creating and producing abundance, there will simply be too much stuff. Too much food; too much electricity; too much fuel; too many shirts; plates; tables; houses; soccer balls; rockets; carpets, chickens; cows; milk; bread; etc, etc.
Because we will no longer chase money and spend 80% of our lives on the pursuit of money in some form or another. All our efforts and all the things we do in the UBUNTU community and all the energy we spend is to create abundance for the community and therefore ourselves. It is almost impossible for us to imagine this kind of abundance in the current capitalistic world we live in today.
Remember that everyone in the community will also contribute THREE hours per week towards one of the many community projects or activities. Whether it is mowing the lawn in the parks; dealing with sewerage removal or conversion; creating free energy; transporting materials; fixing the street lights; planting seedlings; etc.
So, after we spend three hours in the day doing what we love to do as our contribution to the community, we still have 21 hours left in the day. Since we have no stress or worries about survival or where we will get our meals each day, we will engage in other activities that we are passionate about and that we have become really good at because of our training. People have various hobbies and sometimes many passions that they will be able to pursue without restriction. No matter what we do or participate in, everything will ultimately be of some kind of benefit to ourselves and the entire community. 
Everyone will be able to undergo any kind of training or additional learning at any stage. Remember that only master teachers that have been appointed by the community will be able to do advanced skills training.
When the children leave their final internship at the age of 16, they will do their LOL under the supervision of a master who is already active in that specific field. When the master determines that he can no longer teach the student any more – or that the student has attained the highest level of skills that the master can teach, he will appoint the student as a master himself. This is how the respect of the community gets passed onto new people who have mastered their skills and it keeps expanding the number of people who can take on the important role of teaching the children to become highly skilled and clear thinking individuals.