There are four main philosophies of education

Personal empowerment
Preparation for citizenship
Cultural transmission
Preparation for work

All are important. Any education system is a (sometimes uneasy) compromise between these four forces and needs. At different times one or other of the four is emphasised.

The powers that be have emphasised preparation for work in recent years, this is underpinned by the profoundly ignorant idea that Maths and Science are somehow more important than other subjects. It is fundamentally reliant upon a materialistic assumption that reality is in some way 'objective' but as truly wise scientist like Einstein have shown us with their understandings of quantum physics this is a nonsense.

The arts develop both our senses ( through which we commune with the external world), build our souls and refine our sensibilities. it is time to stop relegating the intuitive imagination to a second class discipline under the rational coldness of scientific empiricism.

The world is more profound, beautiful and mysterious than any of us can ever truly imagine. I think it best that I leave you with a quotation from Einstein himself:

'The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift'

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us
would have to settle for less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have.”

Lee Iacocca