I am now working on an article for my university magazine about how european civilisation has been developing since the late Medieval ages and I am certain about one thing - it would have not happened like this if there was no development in education.
Having this in mind, we are living in highly developed society that have one major problem - social and humanitarian crisis all over the world.
What is more concerning is that more and more people do not think about education like something that is going to be of great use as the tool to succeed in achieving progress.
During the years of Enlightenment it was widely believed that if you put an emphasis on reason you would be a better person. Sir Francis Bacon said: ‘Knowledge is power’, and to me gaining knowledge throughout your whole life will eventually provide you with freedom to develop critical consciousness in order to make the best decision possible.
In the context of global politics and current situation we should as ourselves what we do to provide more information about ISIS, Ukraine issues or Middle East as a whole. The deep polarisation of opinions is what bothers me most. Imagine if educational system all over the world was not based only on populist or nationalist notions but on independent evaluation of facts! Imagine if we make education working for the society not for the political system! Imagine if student are really thought human and civil rights and they will not have the idea of killing somebody else just because he or she is different!
I strongly believe that the key to progress is good reason and education that will not make people hostile but willing to support togetherness all over the world.
This is why I enclosed that article and a video from a TED event.