Friday, March 22, 2013

K-12 World Wide Minimum Mandatory Curriculum: It's Needed, Can We Make It So?

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by Lance Winslow

As the coordinator for a think tank, one which happens to operate online it comes as absolutely no surprise to me how often the topic of education comes up.

It seems to rear its head in almost every major topic of discussion when trying to solve problems to humankind's most pressing problems.

When it comes to poverty and starvation, we talk about educating farmers, when it comes to unemployment we talk about educating workers, and when it comes to economic calamity we talk about educating consumers and businesses on financial topics.

Okay so, let's talk because I think there needs to be a new baseline - globally - for education.

First, please understand these recommendations are not due to some "globalist" mindset, rather merely to help all the world and keep things fair in free-markets, trade, and throughout the planet, from the third to first world.

Without the proper education many children and communities around the world just do not have a chance. For instance, in the rural areas in Honduras, the kids need proper schooling and the villages need to learn to make bricks, septic tanks, and how to purify their water.

Just these small things, if they are taught to all at an early age will solve huge problems. If folks can learn the basics of building a house, laying a foundation, building a retaining wall, bridge, etc., it can help them live happier and healthier lives, further they need to be able to access this information in their language and/or with very easy to read and understand illustrations and plans.

Okay so, this is only on aspect of why a global mandatory minimum is needed for planet-wide human education.

Realize too, I am merely throwing this out there. Think of a slum in Africa, perhaps the Kibera Slum in Nairobi Kenya where 880,000 people live in barely 2.2 square miles. Children are born into these conditions and may never enjoy a fruitful life, and those who do survive into their teens and adulthood will not have had a proper education.

Yes, there are community organizations working very hard to educate these kids, but they'll need access to the internet, job skills, and basic education.

Without an educated population, the communities cannot flourish and thrive, nor can their country. Each individual will need a fighting chance and I'd say there is a minimum of understanding needed in the world, there are things that humans need to know if they are to continue forward. Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Important World Issues. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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