Sustainable Education for aHealthier Future

By Ogadi mma Mbadiwe

Education gives knowledge
which as Bacon rightly puts,
is a “source of power to man”.
However, it is crucial we note
that this power can function
either as one employed to
build a better future or as
one that destroys.

masters, the likes of Galileo,
after much philosophizing and
experimentation, discovered
truths and initiated
beneficial principles now
observed in our educational
system. Their great
philosophies are perfect for
numerous situations, but our
system does not show scholars
the path to think and
understand the proper
situations to apply them. This
is chiefly because the
concentration of teachings
nowadays is not to make people
think, which ought to be the
primary goal, but chiefly to
uphold existing laws,
reasoning in the confinement
of principles, and empowering
indirectly an unsustainable

Knowledge of established
principles is good. But our
educational system is leaving
out an essential goal of
growing our thinking faculty,
by not grounding scholars with
the understanding that the
established principles are
simply discoveries employed to
help and should not be taken
as final. Such limits our
sense of discovery needed to
address the diverse problems
growing in our world.Time or situation can
transform valid principles to
invalid; the superseded
scientific laws or theories we
had and will still have are
examples. “To be yourself in a
world that is constantly
trying to make you something
else is the greatest
accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo).
A good quote it is; however,
students are not grounded to
understand its context and
scope: Sadly, one can now see
a sadist employing similar
quote to justify actions,
causing mayhem.

At a
tender age, it was like a law
according to my parents and
remarks from people that rain
starts and ends in certain
months. I remember asking:
“What if it rains in January?”
their answer was: “It cannot”.
The reply came with some air
of finality because the
principle had been valid
historically and probably
because they had never
experienced otherwise. The
principle was true. To them it
was irrevocable. But time has
invalidated that principle
through climate change. Now
the months they had known to
bring heavy downpours
sometimes turn to be the

Life gets more
complex every day, luckily we
have principles intended to
help, not to mold or limit our
future. Sadly, our recognized
principles cannot fit in every
situation, and sticking on
them will only bring about
chaos. For a sustainable
world, we need a kind of
education where principles are
acknowledged as a stimulus and
not a decree. We need
Education where people have
enough grounds to express
themselves beyond established
principles, laws or
philosophies; one that
develops our reasoning and
thinking faculty without

the knowledge we now gain from
education does not train one
in the part of wisdom which
grows when one begins to
think. It only exposes some
people’s wise thoughts or
principles. Our system of
education now yields educated
fanatics: people that have
acquired better knowledge on
how to present and manage
their fanaticism, planting
chaos by training advanced
erroneous people.

Due to
life’s growing complexities,
education that develops our
discerning ability to avoid
further knowledge
misappropriation is needed.
Adoption of fine principles
helps, but we should avoid
settling in a period where
�scholars are chiefly
concerned with following of
principles, so we can elude a
future of people that reason
more with citations than their
heads, like robots.

a peaceful and sustainable
future, we should stop the
degrading practice of
following principles
thoughtlessly in our
educational system, and
welcome fresh educational
scheme that stimulates our
thinking faculty. That will
enable all to understand the
fact that time or situation
can change anything. So, one
would not be quick to conclude
because of knowledge from
recognized scholars or
universal principles.

believe in the future of
education where people do not
just copy principles or laws,
but where people also
philosophize on situations to
know where the principles are
usable. This will free our
world from the problematic
chains of principles. Some of
our masters foresaw this ugly
future of ‘scholaroids’;
Socrates addressed it: “I
cannot teach anybody anything,
I can only make them think.”

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