How would we think of education or design an education system if its primary purpose isn’t to meet the economic goal? Shouldn’t education an independent goal for a civilised society?
The paradigm of education undergoes a big change when viewed from the perspective of farm living and the economic model of need fulfilment. When the objective of education isn’t merely securing a job or imparting skills for conducting a business, it becomes possible to think through the purpose of education at a fundamental level. When children are not seen merely as instruments of economic growth, measured in monetary terms, it opens up many possibilities. Not only that, it makes it possible for very diverse systems of education to co-exist.
In the current scheme of things, education, instead of being considered a primary goal of civilisation has become an enabler to the economic goal. It is impossible for a typical city dweller to delink the objective of education from the occupation or livelihood. The parameter of success is the same irrespective of the occupation. Whether one is an artist or a politician, a businessman or a government employee, a doctor or a business consultant – the success is measured not on the impact of his area of work, but the amount of money he is able to earn. Thus follows the dignity for occupation – lower the earning, lower the dignity.
For a healthy society, it is important that children are educated with a holistic perspective rather than a skewed definition of success. Only when that happens, the child can tap into his inner strengths, hone his skills and contribute meaningfully to the society and the world at large.
Education is another factor, that makes a very strong case for farm living – not only at a macro level, but also at the level of an individual parent or family.