We are glad to inform you of our new course, TREATISE OF HUMAN EDUCATION. Those of you who have known KIPAAS previously would know that this is our third consecutive year in bringing out a new major course. We are bringing this course to you after two successful courses, Visual Philosophy and Treatise of Human Education, Alhamd ul Allah.
The purpose of Visual Philosophy is to inculcate and develop a process of thinking in the students. It combines the study of human brain anatomy,
human psychology, philosophy, language, logic and mathematics to provide all the necessary tools to the students to better utilize their skills and knowledge in their respective fields. Treatise of Human Education was developed with a different purpose. This course aims to provide an understanding of and develop means for the solutions of the greatest problems and challenges faced by us today.
While Visual Philosophy purpose was to develop research capabilities in the students, the reason for designing this course, Treatise of Human Education, is to provide an understanding and develop means for the solutions of the greatest problems and challenges faced by us today. Today, as humans and citizens of Earth, we face challenges like economic meltdowns and collapses, food crisis across many countries around the world, water crisis, energy crisis, pollution and global warming, problems of world peace and health crisis including problems like HIV Aids and the Swine flu. All these global problems are a threat to all of us and our planet. But these are not only global problems. These problems eventually lead up to more problems that are more individualized and result in crisis on a personal level. Take, for example, the increase in the rate of suicides over the past years, increase in the number of people having developed psychological diseases, a decrease in the ethical and moral values across the globe and more people losing their jobs and their homes because of problems they did not cause. Such is the scope of challenges that we are faced with.
But, these problems are neither new nor unknown. Any person who pays even the slightest attention to current affair issues would have heard of almost all of these and making you aware of these problems was certainly not our intention. The point of importance and of great concern is that although most of these problems have been around for a long time now, we still do not have definite solutions for them. In fact, many people and countries have now accepted the situation as it is and have decided to ignore these problems assuming that they have no solutions but we are not one of them. We believe that every problem has at least one possible solution. The question is how to address this ever increasing number of problems. Tackling each problem one at a time may not prove useful in times like these when all these problems need our urgent attention and each problem one by one would require a lot of time. Another approach can be to put forward a global philosophy to tackle all these problems at the same time, a philosophy that is independent of place, era, religion and the type of problem.
This is what we are aiming to achieve in this course, i.e. to put forward a theory that can be applied to solve any problem anywhere, any time and by anyone. We say that there are three pillars on which every solution to any problem is based. These pillars are good teachers, good students and good institutions and provided that these three pillars exist, solution to any problem can be found.
While you are thinking about this idea, keep in mind that we have not used these words in their traditional meanings. Rather, visualize the teacher as a way of thinking, an ideology, a source of knowledge. On the other hand, think of the student as a sink ready to accept knowledge from the source, i.e. the teacher. And, it is during this flow of knowledge that work can be done, problems can be solved, creativity realized and the true potential of humans attained. That is our solution.
Surely, at this point, you must be thinking how good teachers, good students and good institutions can be the solution to all of our problems. But the
history is full of examples of people who realized this to be the only true solution. Consider the example of Churchill who made a pact with Hitler that both countries will not attack two chosen universities in each others homeland. That is how England saved Oxford and Cambridge. When Churchill was asked by his compatriots as to why he made the pact, he replied that if the whole of England was saved but the universities were lost, all will be lost but if all of England was destroyed and those universities were saved, England will come back stronger than ever. Or take the example of Japan after it was defeated by the Allied Forces in World War II. Several restrictions were imposed on Japan after the defeat. The Japanese agreed to accept all as long as their religion and education system was not affected.
In this course, we are putting forward this very solution and the aim of this course is the preparation of the pillars of the solution, i.e. good teachers, good students and good institutions.