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Education in Love?

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The General Basis of Education

The definition of education, as explained by, states, "Education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to another". Do you know what the oldest programming method was? Nope, it had nothing to do with computers. It was education! Experienced ones "program" inexperienced minds. In other words, a teacher teaches a student. Here is a little information on the history of education. It began as early as recorded human history, with verbal and body languages, such as story-telling. Eventually, writing was added as an art of communication. Writing helped store knowledge gained from previous generations so that it could be easily passed down to the next generation. Writing saved a lot of time by preventing the need to "reinvent the wheel" when exploring new knowledge. It also helped keep ever growing knowledge organized. Schooling then became possible. An early formal education system was known to have been developed during the ancient Egypt era. Fast forwarding to our time, the internet is one of our new worldwide educational tools! The importance of education is almost as vital as breathing air to stay alive. However, it is crucial to ensure that students get a good education for survival and growth.

Education in Love?

In our era, we have plenty of educational resources that can buff up our brains. Most subjects are great for exercising the mind but what about the heart? Isn't it important for us to be skilled in love? It could lead to peaceful solutions, from the personal level (such as in self improvement) to the international level (such as in political relationships). Why not add "Love" as a new school subject? If a new school subject is added to a school's curriculum from the first grade to two years in college (such has happened with computing), it shows how important it is for people to learn about that subject. Isn't love just as important? If computing has been added to curriculums recently, then love can be added! Who develops curriculum for public schools in the U.S.? Grade Level Expectations (GLE's) are determined at the federal (nation-wide) and at the state level by the Education Departments of the US government (U.S. Department of Education). However, many current subject areas are not part of GLE's. Curriculum is also decided within school districts at the administrative level (the school board and the school administrators at school districts) and also by individual departments and their teachers. Do you want to push for adding "Love" into curriculum? Write some educational textbooks on "love" for every grade level, talk with teachers, school departments, administrators at school districts and The Department of Education. Find out what their guidelines are to make it happen. Besides public schools, contact local private schools as well.

Here are some rough ideas on creating textbooks on love. First, at what age should teachers teach children about love? The very young are in a critical period to absorb new knowledge and feelings. Early childhood education is very important. Therefore, early learning on love is critical. As with all school subjects, the younger ages would learn about the simple, basic foundation of love and children at older ages would learn advanced, specialized areas of love. I am not a licensed teacher or an education expert, but a common-sense progression might be: Primary education (elementary school) would focus on "I love this" and "I love that". For example, "I love my dog", "I love flowers" and "I love to play". Secondary education (high school) would focus on explaining WHY I love this and that, analyzing famous people's love quotes and identifying types of unhealthy love. Healthy love might include, "I love my friend because she always listens to me when I am stuck on something", " I love helping needy people because it makes my heart feel so good about it" and "I am madly in love with my sweetheart because he makes me feel stronger being with him". Higher education (college or university) would focus on advanced subjects of love and offer study on several specializations of love. For example, we could study cures for love diseases such as hatred or anger, from the personal level to the international level, developing advanced love theories and discovering a new technology of love (science and technology), specializing in building love for local communities and becoming teachers teaching love.

Imagine years later our next generations having advanced academic knowledge of love and being skilled at training people's hearts. They would know how to deal with complex issues with love and its diseases (hatred, hurt, etc.) in many areas. Just make sure no child left behind includes having an education in love!

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