How come that when we as teachers sometimes mention the word “education”, eyes go dry, laughter subsides and a general air of boredom enters the room? It was Einstein who said
‘No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.’
From this quote and from many other intelligent minds who spoke about this topic we feel a general sense of upliftment, passion and creativity regarding our topic. It is not about learning historical dates by heart or strangling oneself in arithmetics whose real-life application is often very remote. Or is it? Of course not!
First of all, education is about changing one’s mind, developing new perspectives on the world and on oneself. We know, “education” is a term sucked so dry by politicians, teachers and other “important people” that there’s not much left of it except an empty hull. So maybe we should just consider it dead and move on to a new term.
Sounds bleak? Maybe, but the good news is, that due to the upsurge of technology and global interconnection each of us can redesign this term and its meaning to fit what we really feel about it. Not everything is perfect yet in online education, yet one thing remains for sure: Due to the limited distractions arising through not having to travel spatially, being forced to sit in a classroom, etc, slowly but surely something like a core-quality of education is becoming more and more tangible to both students and teachers.
E-Learning, if done right, leads to a sense of upliftment, inner fulfilment, and almost naturally expands the consciousness of the learners to include greater parts, cultures and languages of this world. And it is this newly emerging yet ancient principle on which all details of knowledge and methods of teaching shall rest; a general education of the human being in all his or her aspects.