Envisioning the Future of our Children’s Education

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"Without education, there is no hope for our people

and without hope, our future is lost." - Charles Hamilton Houston 

It's so very easy to feel pessimistic and hopeless about what is going on all around us. But we’ve got a few vital big things on our side, amongst them, our intelligence and wisdom, our children and grandchildren, the youth, activists and volunteers, civil societies, students,and committed teachers, parents and grandparents who are all demanding action for a better education to find practical solutions enabling and empowering us to build a better future. Education must become a path to wisdom, unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to develop and implement projects in their homes, schools, and communities to combat inequalities, devisions, climate change, racism, and more.

Nota bene

You Live What You Learn

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Individuals, like the ones you see above, and others like them,  did not get the kind of education I am suggesting below. They have devalued, debased and degraded all the web of life, with highly consequential consequences for all.

Brexit, Trump and the failure of our universities to pursue wisdom

A shameless leader and the weakening of a nation’s moral fabric

Britain Has Become a Sinking Ship of Systemic Corruption, Cronyism and Chumocracy

Neoliberalism destroys human potential and devastates values-led education

Eruption of Corruption in British Education:Debunking the Moral and Spiritual Bankruptcy of Values-free Education

The Moral Blindness of the English Posh Boys

University Corruption and the Financial Crisis: The Theft of the Century by the Most 'Educated Thieves'- All with MBAs and PhDs

Why is the world like a house of cards falling apart?

Education, first and foremost, must give hope for a better future

Education: The Light of Hope

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The GCGI has consistently acted as a platform and a voice to challenge the economic and political systems, as well as the dominant values-free educational model that is destroying everthing that was once good and valuable.  

One thing that I know for sure is that the GCGI Family and Friends will not allow this threat to humanity and our way of life to fade from public life. We will not despair, we will walk on with the hope and determination that sooner or later we will succeed and we will build a better future.

From the very begining when the GCGI was founded we have been at the forefront of the campaign to make education good again, valuable and values-led.

Global sustainability problems of all sorts pose serious challenges for humanity. In handling these problems education for a sustainable world is seen as important.

The continuing and deepening global COVID-19 pandemic and its variants is intensifying the inequality experienced by many people across the world, a worsening environmental and ecological crisis, poverty and injustice, sleaze, corruption and cronyism by our political leadership, wars and conflicts, refugees drowning and dying in the seas and oceans,..., and a barrage of alternative news narratives, it seems more important than ever to rethink how education, teaching, schools and universities can prepare our children not only to understand and cope with these challenges, but also to prepare, equip and guide them to improve their own and their society’s flourishing. 

At GCGI we have always noted a hopeful message about education and how and why education is the first and the only key that can unlock the door to a better future.

To celebrate our optimism, hope and resilience to keep the fight alive to save our world with better education, it is my pleasure to highlight once again, a selection of related postings from our GCGI archive.

Designing Hope for the Future: The Key is Education

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'Some say that my teaching is nonsense.

Others call it lofty but impractical.

But to those who have looked inside themselves,

this nonsense makes perfect sense.

And to those who put it into practice,

this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:

simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and in thoughts,

you return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies,

you accord with the way things are.

Compassionate toward yourself,

You reconcile all beings in the world.'- Lao Tzu

Envisioning the Future of our Children’s Education

The Value of Values: Values-led Education to Make the World Great Again

Rethinking Education at the Time of Coronavirus Crisis: The Time is Now to Explore the Benefits of Nature-Based Education in Our Teaching Models

Nature the Best Teacher: Re-Connecting the World’s Children with Nature

Detaching Nature from Economics is ‘Burning the Library of Life’

'Nature and Me'-Part I: Educating the Heart and the Soul of Children to Build a Better World

The heart and the soul of education is wisdom

Wisdom and the Well-Rounded Life: What Is a University?

Eruption of Corruption in British Education:Debunking the Moral and Spiritual Bankruptcy of Values-free Education

Education to Make us Human: What’s Kindness, Love, Compassion, or Beauty Got to Do With Teaching and Education?

The New Decade is upon us: We all have a responsibility to make the world a better place

Desperately seeking Sophia: The Wisdom of Nature

A timeless reflection on two types of teaching and learning

What They Forget to Teach You at School’: Fix Education to Fix the World

Brexit, Trump and the failure of our universities to pursue wisdom

The Journey to Sophia: Education for Wisdom

Calling all academic economists: What are you teaching your students?

What might an Economy for the Common Good look like?

My Economics and Business Educators’ Oath: My Promise to My Students

 A timeless reflection on two types of teaching and learning

Poetry is the Education that Nourishes the Heart and Nurtures the Soul 

What if Universities Taught KINDNESS?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place with a bit more kindness? Harnessing the Economics of Kindness

The World would be a Better Place if Economists had Read This Book

 Britain today and the Bankruptcy of Ideas, Vision and Values-less Education

The rise in global fascism: A failure of education?

Why should we all become mother nature and sacred earth guardians

On the 250th Birthday of William Wordsworth Let Nature be our Wisest Teacher

Mother Earth is Crying: A Path to Spiritual Ecology and Sustainability

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature

To Heal the World and People We Need to Save the Commons from Plunder

Are you physically and emotionally drained? I know of a good and cost-free solution!

Love Letter to the Earth

‘What They Forget to Teach You at School’: Fix Education to Fix the World

Happy Teachers, Happy Pupils, Happy Schools, Better Education, Better Lives, Better World

A Sure Path to build a Better World: How nature helps us feel good and do good

On the 250th Birthday of William Wordsworth Let Nature be our Wisest Teacher

In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to hope?

The beauty of living simply: the forgotten wisdom of William Morris

The Time is Now for Values-led Education to Make the World Truly Better and Great Again

A Call to Parents and Grandparents to Protect and Save Mother Nature in the Interest of Their Children and Grandchildren

Towards COP26: Education to Heal the World

Make COP26 The Dawn of a New Beginning

Environmental Crisis, Hope and Resilience: A Pick from our GCGI Down to Earth Archive

Crisis after Crisis: Ten Steps to Save the World

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Light at the end of the tunnel.- Ryan Engstrom

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