In the 21st century, Alberta education needs change, or so the word goes out. Why?

The United Nations works towards sustainable development for present and future generations and therefore set their target for 2030 to attain seventeen goals, not only to help future generations meet their own needs, but also to help this present generation to be sustainable. In view of all that, one realizes that world leaders released a new, holistic paradigm shift known as systemic thinking. The new paradigm falls back to the ancient old tension between parts and the whole. Nowadays, 21st leaders reject the emphasis on the parts with its linear, rational and competitive edge. At this time in history, the new paradigm embraces a nonlinear, integrative, intuitive and holistic view of life with a moral vision at the tail end. As a result, a strong emphasis on the earth as a living being called world leaders to emphasize the moral calling of humans towards the planet. At it's heart, the calling is spiritual in order to keep the planet sustaining itself at all costs. Therefore, leaders tune themselves in to sense the futurethat's to say they continuously solve complex problems fast and secure with simple solutions. Forecasts of the future is derived from sensing, experience and observation of best future possibilities. Presencing means leaders envision the future and then act on what they sense. Sources of leadership vision are foresight that leads to insight and action. Before any of the above will be effective, some preparation has to be done. Preparing the mind, heart and will to open and to resist judgementalism, cynicism and fear lays the groundwork for implementing sustainable development principles. Sensing requires stillness or mindfulness; becoming quiet to wait for the right moment to act. Strong and impulsive reactions to promote the egoistic self should be quenched by asking oneself “Who am I?”, “What is my task?” .

When you become a system citizen

There has been lots of rumours about changing in the education system in Alberta, Canada. Some will say that might be rumours, others will know that the change has already occurred. Nevertheless, almost everyone is so busy with their own schedule, getting up at 6am, take a quick shower, rush to Tim Hortons for a coffee and snack and then off to work. No one really has the time to ask, "why should we change education?" Most will think times have changed and so does education. This is of course partly true. The real reason is not that simple. In fact, it's quite complicated and when ever a policy maker tells us there are this and that three reasons we need change, it will remain half truths. What then is the real truth? No one, as far as I have seen, will give the whole truth. That can be because they have a little rhyme they memorized and say over and over or maybe because they know only a little and like the rest of us don't have the time to delve deeply into truth, I don't know. From what I have read might shed more light on those who are interested in why we need the deep change everyone around is buzzing about. Change always starts at the heart of something. That's when one asks "what is the essence and meaning of life?", namely what is true for you or me? Actually, with all the many perceived truths flying around in this world, there are only two choices to make. The one is that humans are free to invent the self or the second one is that God is the Creator of me and you and everything else and He guides us in His truth. How we think about fundamentals always affects how we organise education to answer the calling of life. That's why politics becomes an expression of deeply held beliefs among the people.