• Education’s many meanings

    Education, Industrial Design

    As might have come across in my previous posts, I have a strong belief in education. It is not that I believe that all people should go to university or have a degree.. it is a way of thinking, an ability to open one’s mind, to interact with others you age and older, to learn how to read and therefore open yourself to the ideas and theories of great minds before yourself, and then write and express yourself. For lack of a better explanation and to get a better understanding of what the world we use excessively really means, I turned to the dictionary:

    1. The activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill;
    2. Knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
    3. The gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life”
    4. The profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
    5. The result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior);

    reading these- I just smiled to myself.

    The ideas that I would most like to work on are 1, 3 & 5 With 1, I could create an educating/interactive piece For 3 I could work with a library of some sort. (maybe develop a library concept we have arrived to at last spring’s Habitorium class with Robert)

    However I wish I could develop upon number 5 I think parents have the most effect on their children’s lives and too much of the time they are not equipped/ don’t have time/ don’t have patience so educate their children about social behavior and responsibility.

    In terms of audience, the obvious would be looking at cultures where there is a high percentage of illiteracy

    Some statistics:

    3 out of 5 people in an American prison can't read.

    Forty-two million adult Americans can't read. Fifty million adult Americans are limited to a 4th or 5th grade reading level or can only recognize a few printed words.

    • The number of illiterate adults is increasing by 2.25 million people each year.
    • The number of illiterate adults includes nearly 1 million young people who drop out of school before graduation - 400,000 legal immigrants - 100,000 refugees - 800,000 illegal immigrants - and 20% of all high school graduates.
    • Illiterate people are missing out on 237 billion dollars total each year in money that they could be earning if they knew how to read.
    • The total amount of money being spent on illiteracy by the federal government is at more than ten billion dollars each year, which grows steadily.

    And the numbers are growing!! The rich are getting richer and have less children and the poor are getting poorer and have more children..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29Birth-t.html above is an article I read in New York Times about the birthrate in Europe declining to staggering rates. Must read!

    Other Interesting articles I found (mainly about illiteracy statistics and implications) http://education-portal.com/articles/Illiteracy:TheDownfallof_AmericanSociety.html http://www.sil.org/literacy/litfacts.htm

    Next step Read more.. I bought some magazines about education and learning. I would also like to speak to a relative I have in Brazil. Gelsa has a PHD in mathematics and she has developed a teaching system that allows illiterate people in Brazil learn mathematics.

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