True progress of humanity is impossible unless and until the goals to which education is geared are completely revised – with spiritual development at its centre, not as an add on at the margins of education. These new goals for education will free it from its largely economic context. This revises greatly our expectations of human potential and its outcome through education.
We have tested the hypothesis that when a school provides a Broader, Bolder education founded upon spiritual principles and educates by it not only the students but also the parents and society at large, it becomes a lighthouse of society. In this new role, a school presents enormous new possibilities and has the power to transform individuals and society.
- The goal of education is to inspire every child to become both good and smart, a pride of the human race, a citizen of the world and a light of humanity.
- Such an education acknowledges that man is a mine rich in gems of inestimable value and the purpose of education is to draw out the hidden gems from within each child, to visualize the gem in the rock and to polish each piece until it each shines like a gem.
- It defines education as a continuous and creative process.
- Despite the constraints of an old and archaic system of education focused on material gain, a school can become the lighthouse of society, influencing the individual, the family and society at large.
- By giving more importance to inner over outer aspects and taking practical measures that support these directions, a child can become a light of this world, serving her community in unique and creative ways, with a sense of purpose and motivation that comes from within.
- Knowledge, wisdom, spiritual perception and eloquent speech, with deeds not words as testimony, are Four Outcomes of a Broader, Bolder educational process. These are the most important outcomes from education.
Such an education kindles the fire that is already latent in each child, just like a mighty tree is latent within each seed. Education must recognize the young plant that will in time become a fruitful tree. It must prepare the environment for his highest development. Just like a young plant needs a guiding stick, so does a young child need guidance. Most important lessons a child will learn are the lessons about their spiritual life. They become the propelling forces that allow the tree of human being to grow into an upright and fruitful tree.