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.
Actually, being in the present, if we can only put some effort, and some attention to it. It’s easier than being in the past and the future. Simply because, the present is there, right in front of you. But you know, as in everything, you need to get used to it, you need to habituate yourself. I think it is because of this, people are finding it difficult, to habituate themselves to be in the present, because they have so much habit being, being in the past and future. So it’s a new habit. It is difficult, that one. Selling the dream is easier I think.
Jing Guan Shi Tai has become a monk for forty-six years, and cooking has been her way of practising Buddhism. She was born in 1956. She was curious about one question when she was around six to seven years old, why do people live? Jing Guan Shi Tia's secular mother passed away when she was seventeen years old. She was upset. How could someone she loves die so suddenly, and she thought she could avoid the pain of parting if she became a monk. So one day, she ran away from home without telling anyone.
In our societies, we appreciate a person who can find his/her one true calling, pick one interest, stick to it and finally succeed in the professional field. For a person who has passion with many different things, our cultures teach us that this is wrong or abnormal. However, Emilie Wapnick has a new perspective that having interests in doing different things is beautiful and she calls this type of person is a "multipotentialite".
Dr Kai-Fu Lee, an artificial intelligence (AI) expert, believes that AI and mankind can co-exist. Deep learning of AI Technology can use big data to learn how to predict and decide at superhuman accuracy. Dr Lee said that “I have to make myself safe, right? Really, the creative jobs are the ones that are protected, because AI can optimise but not create”. He emphasised that “work ethic in the Industrial Age has brainwashed us into thinking that work is the reason we exist, that work defined the meaning of our lives”.
In the 19th century, public schools had the purpose of training students' skills to work for the industries and eventually education could serve the nations' economic prosperity. However, some argued that public education system produced the social structure that it divided people into two different types, they are academic (smart people) and non-academic (non-smart people). In this system, most people suffered and the notion of “fictitious epidemic of ADHD” was addressed. Even today, the education system seems to suppress students' aesthetic experiences….
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education is preparing for the kids to succeed in the 21st Century regardless of their future career paths. STEM education emphasises on learning new knowledge through the technologies and integrated subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Social Science. The purpose of teaching STEM is developing students’ higher-level thinking skills by connecting their classroom experiences to the reality instead of learning traditional subjects in the separate classrooms. Listen to what educators think about students’ skills in the 21stcentury?
We all have experienced the problematic situations no matter our roles are students, parents, employees, entrepreneurs, professionals or CEOs. What do we need to have when we deal with challenges? Some said: Knowledge. For sure yes, the existing knowledge could solve our problems but could not solve the problem we have not seen before. What do we need to have when we are facing the new challenges? The answer is design thinking skills.