There is both wisdom and foolishness on our present planet. On our future planet, will we be wiser?
Education has a paradoxical purpose of preservation and change.
Our ideas, traditions, habits, prejudices, tastes and temperaments are all continued by educating our young. We transmit our collective identity through the generations so that a man standing on the same piece of land in two hundred years can still call himself by the same name you do now.
And despite this, education has shifted even the most durable ideas from the hills.
Notions we now look upon as superstition and barbarism were, perhaps, once the defining traits of a society, its most treasured wisdom. The human capacity to recognise an error in itself is when education becomes the catalyst for change.
The variety of education is huge; from a lecture hall seating several hundred people to a lone man with a book; from the exact learning of a scientific equation to witnessing and feeling an injustice. In education is contained the fate of our future.
To advance our future planet we need to tackle two questions: What wisdom do we teach? And how do we teach it?
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
- George Santayana