Education Visionary and Mother
After indulging in several years of in-depth research on the subject of World Pedagogy and almost two years spent homeschooling my child, I can’t help but ponder educational matters on a daily basis. I am passionate about the subject, and the potential for the children of the future. I am happy to share some ideas and inspirations with you.
MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
 Goal of Education
Reward
I don't see the goal of education to be the production of “high-quality and multifunctional units of the personnel reserve” or providing the economy with a “competent workforce”.

I see instead that an educational institution should enable a more complete understanding of any subject. In other words, the expansion and revision of the boundaries of knowledge, the preservation of cultural memory and its transfer to the next generation.
I strongly believe that the true reward for the student is hidden in the very process of learning – it is the joy of understanding, intellectual creativity, and self-found solutions. None of this should be replaced by external reward.
Who is the beneficiary of Education?

There is a common attitude in education that the development of the student is the joint result of a Ministry of Education with a strong national vision, well-designed and implemented educational policies, diligent management teams, and well-prepared teachers. 

But what about the students? Aren't they are the key figures in the educational process? Amazing that they are traditionally positioned as passive actors with few opportunities for empowerment. 

Misconception about  self-development and
poly-interests

There is a common belief that if a student is engaged in a path of self-development, and interested in studying subjects not directly related to the main subject of his studies, he will be a poor employee.
The opposite is true! Judging by my personal case and by what I have witnessed in over 10 years in my career in Human Resources. Those who are keen on self-development are much more productive, and are more creative problem solvers.


Teaching materials

Worksheets, exercises, materials, and resources for teaching are shockingly one-solution oriented. Life never offers us only one solution, right? Yet we teach children that there is only one right answer. E-Learning is all based on that it. How do we expect children to become innovative if they are not even allowed to see that there are always more solutions possible.
Overall standardization of toys, and even so-called “developing materials” do not encourage free and creative thinking. That's scary!


Puzzle-parts of education

In my opinion, learning is holistic by nature.
It creates a potentially full picture of the world and gives the opportunity for active participation in it.
 
What do I consider to be the main components of the educational process?
 
Academics: humanities, sciences, and philosophy (how to ask questions and search for in-depth answers)
Physical development: sports, dance, and health.
Social development: community participation, working towards common goals, development of empathy
Spiritual development: self-knowledge, and self-development


Approach in teaching science

My approach to teaching goes hand in hand with current developments in science and the so-called non-classical science. It is a concept used in the Soviet and Russian school of the  philosophy of science, introduced by V.S. Styopin, which distinguishes a special type of science from the era of the crisis of classical rationality (from the late 19th century until the 1960s).
Non-classical science includes the following concepts:
· Darwin’s theory of evolution 
· Einstein’s theory of relativity 
· Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle 
· The Big Bang hypothesis 
· Rene Thom’s catastrophe theory 
- Mandelbrot’s fractal geometry

If in classical science the picture of the world should be a picture of the object studied in itself, then the non-classical scientific method of description necessarily includes, in addition to the objects under study, instruments used for their study, as well as the act of measurement itself. 

In non-classical science, there has been a tendency for a convergence of natural and humanitarian directions, which became a characteristic feature of the next post non-classical stage of the development of science.


What is education?

For me, education is the unity of the three most important processes:

-self-knowledge,
-knowledge of the world around, 
-and self-awareness as part of this vast whole, manifesting a desire to actively co-create.

Even in the early school years I was interested in self-development and self-improvement. In the senior classes I became very interested in philosophy and psychology, to acquire a better understanding of human behavior and how we think. Already in my youth, it was important for me to understand world religious traditions, as well as to get involved in popular scientific literature.

Awareness of the beauty and complexity of the world is a great pleasure, and one of the sure ways to enjoy life. It is like an Indian classical dance: it is written in sign language, and every movement is filled with meaning. If the viewer doesn’t have knowledge and understanding to draw on, he simply admires the beauty and complexity of the composition, but if he knows the secret language - a fantastic story unfolds before him!


Pedagogical concept​
My concept of education: World History serves as an axis around which the entire experience of mankind in all its manifestations (science, art, technological progress, politics) is built upon. This is the base.
On this base, after it is captured by the child, even if with large strokes, it is possible to attach the study of subjects (Geography, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.). Such an approach gives a child an understanding of a bigger, global picture of the world we live in. One sees the inter-connectedness of all things much easier than when they are learned in a puzzle-like way, as the current educational system depends on.

​Within the last years of my intense pedagogical research I came to the conclusion that two school subjects are the most important to start with: Biology and History. The first gives you an understanding of the life and evolution of nature.


The second gives you a profound understanding of the collective nature of humans, social processes, and the significance of a human being in history. The study of history and biology provides a global comprehension of the world. All other subjects flesh out this understanding and start to connect the dots.

With my two children (1st and 3rd grade) we did it! Within the first year of homeschooling they gained an overview of World History (8 major civilizations). It's amazing to see how naturally they unite history and today's life, it is all interconnected for them; they realize how much humanity has gone through to come to get to where we are today.
 


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