Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | July 2, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to The Chicago Wisdom Project Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who attended our fundraiser and contributed to our work. As we come to the end of our third year, The Chicago Wisdom Project has grown in many ways. I know that I have learned a great deal in the process. Ultimately, the educational process is about the wisdom of the student coming forth and teaching us all.

An excerpt from the forthcoming book Creatively Maladjusted:

“The work of education, of course, is not to make better schools, but to make a better world.  Too often, I believe, educators forget this obvious and simple truth.  Discussions about education seldom reflect the kind of world we might imagine is possible; rather, they focus on achievement and success within a given paradigm.  They seem not to realize that the way we educate our children creates, reinforces, or shatters the paradigm. 

“For example, when we assume that the purpose of education is to help students find a job in the global economy, we forget that the “global economy” is not some force of nature.  Humans created it.  It exists because of the decisions we made, decisions based upon how we view the world, which is based on the way we have been educated.

“While what goes on in a school is important in itself—after all, our children spend most of their childhoods there—the ultimate relevance of a school is what kind of civilization it inspires our children to create.  A school is not “good” if its students get good test scores but are so unhappy, so disconnected, and so unable to think critically that they go out in the world and commit acts of violence and destruction.  Such schools only give more power to the mis-educated.  I think I prefer the “bad” schools.

“Modern industrial culture is ill equipped to deal with the crises of this moment.  For the first time in human history, we face a mass-extinction that threatens the viability of life on the planet.  This crisis was largely created by modern industrial culture.  Its values can only lead to more destruction.”

In the next year, look out for our Wisdom Teacher Training in August and the release of Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement in February.

In case you missed it, The Chicago Wisdom Project was featured an ABC 7 News as an alternative approach to dealing with youth violence:

The Chicago Wisdom Project on ABC 7

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