10 Principles for a Living Education Network

The organizations and resources I include in this section all align with the following principles. 

  1. The living education network is innovative, adaptive, and self-organizing. 
  2. The goal of education is free and empowered individuals who use their minds, creativity, and energy to co-create a free and fair society and healthy biosphere.  
  3. All levels of the education network are united around a shared cause of protecting every human’s natural state of peace, joy, and wisdom while expanding wisdom, intelligence, critical thinking, kindness, and cooperation. 
  4. Relationships are at the center of thriving learning environments that catalyze collaboration. Teachers step into the roles of learning coaches and mentors. Families are the smallest learning unit. There are no threats. 
  5. Learning is emergent and soul-directed, not prescribed or predetermined. The focus of education is mastery of Self, the evolution of consciousness, and holistic wellbeing instead of information processing and mastery of subject matter. 
  6. Critical thinking and morality are developed through free inquiry into theosophy, philosophy, leading edge research and work in the new sciences, consciousness studies, and regenerative economics and business. Propaganda and all forms or indoctrination are removed from curriculum and teacher training. 
  7. Holistic systems are developed to demonstrate the capacity and know-how of learners — replacing grades, GPA, standardized tests, and fixed degrees.  Data mining of learner activity, attitude, and social emotional factors is prohibited. 
  8. The definition of success expands to include the impact an individual has on the whole, including other people and the biosphere. Personal excellence replaces unbridled individual competition. Experiences and relationships are valued over the accumulation of stuff. 
  9. Command and control federal and state education bureaucracies that pursue efficiencies through economies of scale are transformed or replaced by more innovative, agile networks of interconnected local education webs which honor the richness and diversity of place. 
  10. Youth are encouraged to invest their time, energy, and money in their local communities instead of joining multi-national companies and overpriced, elite higher education institutions.