An ephemeral analysis of the evolution of modern education.
I remember the school as a source of stories and gratifying experiences, friends, and teachers; however, I also remember that I hated getting up early in the morning. I hated school, I didn’t want to go. I remember that, being elderly, I remember that I hated it. I had a friend who said that what he had learned at school “was by copying”. That’s why today I feel like a child when I see a video of these indigo children, who break any previously known mould, and I’m touched by the level of independence from the matrix we are achieving now. Prodigious children there have always been, in all the generations, but some time ago the talents had to wait until finishing school. Sometimes it was about a family bet that we had to play at any time: the school or the talent.
It’s impossible to do a serious analysis of the evolution of education and schools, without taking into account a great number of aspects that are related to sociology, history, religion, philosophy, etc., but as it is an ephemeral analysis, I’ll take them for granted. I don’t know about astrology, but I can see that around me the indigo children teach life lessons, clearly showing their own evolutionary direction time and time again.
The big changes that have occurred in the history of the humanity, which we know through tradition, history and popular knowledge, arrive to us like dates. But behind the dates there are great social and political movements, failed attempts, crises, sometimes wars, and casualties, in sum, a long and complex history. That is how we evolve, slowly and complexly. These children’s fresh and irreverent attitude can’t be taken as “a before” and “an after”, but it proposes an attitude opposed to the “obedient” traditional school. In his TEDx conference, the young Logan Laplante contemplates “why being happy and healthy is not considered education? I don’t understand.” He says that it is something that is not taught at school.
In the most watched TEDx conference, Sir Ken Robinson says that schools kill creativity. With an acute analysis he exposes the fragilities of the present educative system. It wouldn’t have been the first, but the most popular. The collective conscience is being modified little by little, up to the point where now we have couples that meet at night in their beds, analysing the possibility of not sending their child to a traditional school. And although there is a lack of options, there will be more and more.
It’s sane and natural that, as our vision of ourselves changes, the way of studying does too. When it was discovered that the Earth was round, it wasn’t enough to teach people that the theory of the tortoise was false; the human being should still learn much more about their own innocence. In Vittra School in Sweden this is learned without classrooms, without closed spaces. The classes are not separated by age and each student learns at their own pace. Systems without evaluations, new subjects and a marked inclination towards emotional education are being experimented with in more and more places in the world.
We’ll have to see where the proof takes us, although a thing is very clear. The world constantly changes but many times it has no more string, and when it has string again, it accelerates to catch up. And recently, it is changing very, vey quickly.