The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 4 Philosophical Concepts Extract III

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The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 4 Philosophical Concepts Extract III

Education

The core value of universal education must inform the most intrinsic function and principle of a democratic society, in order that self-directed reason is inculcated into the populace.

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To this end, Durant [in Philosophy and the Social Problem] draws out the importance of not having a standard government-defined  education, and of making education fun, exploratorytty, diverse, and open-ended.  I cannot help but recall her how my hacker friends consider schools to be prisons.

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For Durant, the mission of philosophy is to facilitate among all people the growth and spread of intelligence, hence also the capacity to use reason to discriminate and make coherent [individual as well as collective] decisions.  Unlike history, which reconstructs the past, philosophy seeks to construct a living future.  Instead of analysis, synthesis; instead of categorization, reconstruction and redirection.  Innovation and creativity come from having a whole-systems perspective, inculcated through education that recognizes a diversity of approaches.

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