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What should our Schools be teaching?

FREE PUBLIC EVENT BY:

The London Chapter of ‘The Zeitgeist Movement’ and ‘Change the Future’

''What should our Schools be teaching?''

We need more education!

More education, but to what end?

Who should get to decide what constitutes a ‘proper education’? With a labour market that will come under increasing threat from automation, will the jobs we are preparing our children for even be there when they leave School? Is our infinite growth paradigm something we should even be educating our Children to take part in to begin with?

Many talk of raising educational standards without addressing these underlying questions. Without doing so who is to say that more education is truly a good thing?

This event aims to go through these issues and more, whilst showcasing tangible methods by which we could change the future of not only education, but society as a whole. Helping to create a better, brighter future for all.

SPEAKERS:

James Phillips (The Zeitgeist Movement)

James is the founder of TZME, a global educational platform for The Zeitgeist Movement and is currently giving presentations and workshops regarding the ‘Resource Based Economic Model’ in numerous schools in and around the London area.

Charlie Benjamin Shread & Luke Hilarity Flegg (Change the future founders)

Change The Future (CTF) is a movement to build an incredible platform on the internet. They wish to build a democratic platform for the good of all people around the world. A platform for people to shape their communities, whether it is a school, a local town, a whole nation, or the entire planet.

Look forward to seeing you there!

‘We cannot solve the problems of today by using the same method of thinking we used when we created them’

Albert Einstein.

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  • cliff B.

    February 2, 2014

  • Lily

    Just want to add that I really enjoyed Change The Future's discussions. I thought they were so well-informed, articulate, positive and incredibly self-aware, and especially for people who are still relatively so young. It helps to give me some hope for the future. I really loved one aspect of their idea, which is to develop an open souce forum and tool for people or organisations to collaborate, brainstorm and pool resources over local and global issues and come up with proposals and concrete plans of action...cont.

    2 · January 29, 2014

    • cliff B.

      I'm inclined to a method where no one represents anyone else. A fully mandated, recallable, accountable delegate perhaps. The more direct democracy we have the better. EG: The Collaborative Design System, as proposed for a NL/RBE

      If we do have to have reps, in the meantime i agree we need some failsafes devised into any representative system, like a bill of rights and an ethical code.

      1 · January 29, 2014

    • Lily

      I agree with you about direct democracy. If we really must have a representative system there must be a strict ethical code (which we lack in our current political system) and it must include principles like not damaging the planet, not-for-profit, no exploitation, no hierarchies, no wars unless in self-defence, non-violent communication, employing open source scientific methods for problem-solving with all of these principles in mind and being able to justify your reasoning, and of course reps have to be fully accountable and easily sackable.

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Alex M.

    A great meeting with TZM London. Lots of positive energy in the room. Good luck to CTF. They were a very impressive group.

    2 · January 30, 2014

  • cliff B.

    According to Michael Katz and other
    researchers, schools were designed to prepare people for a life within a
    domination system in which a few people benefit from the efforts of many. The
    same problems have existed since the beginning of public education in the
    United States.
    About every twenty years new reformers come along with new ideas for fixing
    it. The reformers, against great resistance, get their educational ideas into the
    schools. By educational standards they’re very successful. Children learn more.
    They enjoy learning more. And within five years the reform programs are gone.
    Why does this happen? Schools were never set up to educate. They were set
    up to maintain an economic system, which requires people to work for extrinsic
    rewards and not to look at the value of what they’re doing.

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • cliff B.

      Marshall Rosenberg (NVC: RE, above):
      "That’s why I have built into
      our training ways to liberate ourselves from what we have internalized from these
      oppressive structures, but that also show us how we can transform domination
      structures into life serving structures.

      January 29, 2014

    • Lisa Pieca C.

      so annoyed I missed this one :(

      January 30, 2014

  • Lisa Pieca C.

    Please can we arrange another meeting on this subject? Im sooo gutted i missed it, but... I may have got the job, fingers crossed, so all that planning and prep may have paid off. Will be teaching excluded kids if i get it. The so-called fallen ones...
    xx

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Lily

    Really interesting talk from James and Change The Future, thank you. I've long felt that the main thrust of mainstream schools seems to be just to train you to become an automaton, fodder to be fed into the capitalist machinery - be a good little worker and pay your taxes and tick that box every 5 years like James said, lulled into believing that it means ordinary people actually have real freedom and get some say in the way their lives are run. The education system discourages independent thought. No wonder so many young people become disenfranchised. I think there was a Pink Floyd song about that and that was in the 70s - shame that things have not moved along

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • Lily

      I've read a little about the Earth Liberation Front, though I've not seen the documentary If A Tree Falls, and I find it hard to not sympathise with their cause. Because what real recourse do ordinary people have to change things - individually they neither have the power or the resources to make a major impact, and the system prevents us acting collectively with laws and brainwashing.

      January 29, 2014

    • cliff B.

      Pls see what i've wrote below from M. Rosenberg (Non Violent Communication) there are ways and we need to encourage the conditioned into them. I know what you're getting at though...there's a mountain to climb - big job.

      January 29, 2014

  • sergeimesa

    "If a Tree Falls" is a documentary based on the story and actions of the ELF; Earth Liberation Front.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • sergeimesa

    Interesting discussions and ideas on how to pool together and use our own initiative, ideas and most of all, our greatest resource; creativity.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Lisa Pieca C.

    im busy lesson planning for a job interview 2moro.... grrrrr
    really want to come, but will take me an hour to get there and got loads of prep to do b4 2moro...
    grrrrr
    see how i do in the next half hour.
    hmph :(

    January 28, 2014

    • Lisa Pieca C.

      this is the main problem with teaching... the time wasted on PAPERWORK AND TIME NOT SPENT ON ACTUAL TEACHING.

      2 · January 28, 2014

    • Lisa Pieca C.

      kept so busy you have no time to teach, is what all teachers say.

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • james p.

    To everyone attending this event,

    Would you all do me a really big favour if you find time, by watching the two presentations on the main page of this site please?

    http://www.tzmeducation.org/

    I realise there is a certain irony in handing you all homework before class but it will really help to give some context to what I will be talking about if you have seen them (especially the second one). ;)

    Thanks everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. :D

    January 25, 2014

  • Tim C.

    I won't be able to make it as I will be teaching that evening, but would love to find out a bit more about what get's discussed and if you have any future meetups...

    January 13, 2014

  • mike

    Your not the only one I'm alway thinking what is a good education

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • Lisa Pieca C.

    Im a teacher, and I ask the same questions every day :) see you on the 28th :) x

    3 · January 5, 2014

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