Education enlarges our vision and increases our wisdom so that we can catch more of life than you would be able to reach without.
Education should develop these six competencies:
- To challenge and critically analyze the basic assumptions (the “big ideas”) that shape our lives and the lives of those around us
- To make increasingly complex decisions on a daily basis
- To understand and appreciate the interconnection of everything
- To cope with rapid change
- To simultaneously perform effectively in the profession of one’s choice and to critically evaluate that profession in terms of the larger global issues of the day.
- To continually promote personal enrichment
From “What’s an Education for?”, an essay by Frederick L. Kirschenmann in his book Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher.