Peter: In fact, it’s been very interesting to watch over the last 10 years also, more and more emphasise in the U.S and I think around the world is what people called early learning. 2-4 years old, because clearly from brain, development stand of point, very important time, so subjective education is, obviously very important. The contemporary Chinese, word for education, didn’t even exist in China 150 years ago. It came to China from the west. So in a sense, our responsibility as parents, as teachers, as citizens, is to help young human beings, grow and develop as human beings, not to be educated.
Just like when I studied Buddha at the beginning, I saw Master Zhang Jia for the first time. He told me that if you want to learn to be a Buddha, you must first understand Shakyamuni Buddha. If you don't know Sakyamuni Buddha, you will definitely go the wrong way. This is a good suggestion, no one has ever told me. He asked me to read The Sakyamuni Pu and The Sakyamuni Fang zhi; so to learn to be a Buddha, you must start with studying about Buddhism, to study about Buddhism, you must know a person who is Sakyamuni Buddha. You must understand what has happened to him. Sakyamuni Buddha is not a God, not an Angel. He is a human being. What kind of person is he? Indians call him Buddha. The translation of the Buddha into Chinese means a person who is enlightened or awakened, and it has the same meaning of “sage” in Chinese. Chinese people called “saint” to someone who has already understood the truth about the life of the universe. Chinese people called these people are saints and Indians called them the Buddhas.
According to the Future of Jobs Report of World Economic Forum, the top 10 skills we need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution in 2020 will be including complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, service orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility skills. In the workplace, creativity is one of the skills that employers and human resources managers are looking for when they hire employees, and this skill will not be easily replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
Based on the law of attraction, we need to be "good" to attract good people around us. The logic of having good teachers are the same. Finding teachers is not difficult, but finding good teachers are much more like finding the treasures in the deep ocean. The reasons are the demand for good teachers is much more than the supply, and good teachers have more opportunity to choose which students they teach. Good students have the tenancy to be attracted by good teachers but how to be "good"?
Life-wide Learning (LWL) experiences are a whole-person development program for equipping students to face the fast-changing world in the 21st century. Life-wide Learning is crucial as well as school-based learning that they are the keys to students’ success. Students can choose a wide range of activities based on their interests and strengths. LWL experience can cover five aspects of development, including aesthetic development, career-related experiences, community service, civic and global education and physical development.