Universal Vision For Education
All sustainable companies and organizations have a vision statement, which guides policy and actions. That statement tells the world the reason why that organization must exist. That vision then guides and transforms strategy for how the organization should function. In turn, that strategy gives specific direction to what the organization should execute.
In contrast, unsustainable organizations are unsuccessful because they implement this process completely backward. They start with what they can do, followed by trying to figure out how they can do it. That type of organization never even approaches the reason why they need to exist. U.S. Education functions with this inverted process, which facilitates the creation of the wrong programs, despite the best intentions of educators. Then billions of dollars a year are spent within education to become efficient at doing the wrong things. Peter Drucker, the iconic business author and consultant had this to say about such organizations: “There is nothing more wasteful than becoming highly efficient at doing the wrong thing.”
Consequently, a vision statement is needed to change this process and transform U.S. Education into a sustainable organization. But something as impactful and important as education cannot have a trivial vision. First, a vision for education must be supported by principles through which the economy and society function. Second, to achieve the significance of being a Universal Vision, it must also be supported by broader philosophical and scientific principles found at all levels of nature.
A Universal Vision for education will be set forth in this analysis. The two main principles of the Universal Vision outlined in the sections below are: 'creating new information' and 'challenges for self-growth'. The Universal Vision statement and the philosophical and scientific principles supporting it follow this.
Creating New Information
Economics is not about supply, demand, or even incentives. Rather it's about the entrance of discovery and innovation, i.e. new information, which totally alters how we do things. An information system is what powers the economy. This is the view of George Gilder, a renowned economist and author of fifteen books, including Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is revolutionizing our World. Regarding entrepreneurs creating information where none existed before, Gilder writes: “Wealth is essentially the accumulation of knowledge….You know, we have the same material resources that the cave man, the Neanderthals in their caves had the same natural resources that we have today. The difference is the knowledge that's accumulated….All economic growth ultimately stems from innovations. …Innovation is always a product of individual innovators, a rare dynamic breed not always appealing to the millions who depend on their creativity for their comfort, health, and security.”
Within information theory, the first system transmits new (high) information with accuracy and speed and the second system is a stable low information hierarchical carrier. In the case of economics, creating new information is the condition of entrepreneurs while predictable government, the stable rule of law, property rights, and traditional morality are the conditions of a low hierarchical carrier. Both of these conditions are necessary for optimal results. This dual system facilitates how the ecosystem of society develops, grows, and moves forward. Likewise, the dual system of LED accelerator facilitates how the ecosystem of education develops, grows and moves forward.
Challenges For Self-Growth
The conditions for the ideal sense of accomplishment are ones that provide a sense of discovery, a creative feeling which transports the person into a new reality. This is the view of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Mihaly's conclusions have led him to believe that people are happiest when they are stretching themselves to achieve something: “We have all experienced times when, instead of being buffeted by anonymous forces, we do feel in control of our actions, masters of our own fate. On the rare occasions that it happens, we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like...moments like these are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…the best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
Thus, a person challenging him or herself is what achieves a sense of self-growth. These conditions also push the person into higher levels of performance. In turn that means that the activity needs to expand and become more complex so that it continues to provide the growth and challenge which make it meaningful.
The Universal Vision
U.S. Education develops platforms that enable and challenge students
to create new information for the purpose of self-growth.
This vision is a process. As Edwards Deming, founder of the Deming Institute, said: “If you can't describe what you are doing as a process then you don't know what you are doing”. In this process, challenging oneself is the only way to create new information in the form of experiences, accomplishments, and innovation. In turn, the new information created by this process is the only way to achieve self-growth. Consequently, the Universal Vision for U.S. Education is a process that students need to engage in to achieve the outcome of personal and professional success.
Philosophical & Scientific Support For the Universal Vision
The questions and answers below outline support for the Universal Vision from all levels of nature.
On the universal level, is there a comprehensive drive for information to advance toward higher states?
“Although we can't explain it, nor simulate it in the laboratory, greater complexity as we come toward the present seems to be what happens." Eugene Chudnovsky, Professor of Physics at Herbert H. Lehman College.
Physicists now understand matter to be not just energy but also information. Therefore the cosmos is not just advancing toward a greater complexity of energy but also to higher states of information. Since fundamental physics is applicable everywhere, independent of size, the higher states of information achieved in the microcosm system of constantly moving particles/atoms/molecules within a cell is a mirrored in the macrocosm system of constantly moving planets/solar systems/galaxies within a cosmos cell. In turn that becomes a microcosm within the larger multiverse system.
On the national level, is the culture of America to pursue and overcome challenges?
“Americans never quit.”Douglas MacArthur
Americans have a history of facing and overcoming challenges. From the challenges of the first pilgrim settlers surviving, to the challenges of taming the wild west, to the challenges of leading the world in championing democracy.
On the individual level, is it the strongest or the most intelligent humans that have the decisive ability for self-growth and prosperity?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. Charles Darwin
Individuals can best achieve self-growth and prosperity in the form of personal and professional success when they are most responsive to change.
Analysis has shown an objective and moral prerogative to have LED accelerator empower the gifted individuals within U.S. Education. Additionally, analysis has shown the need for a Universal Vision and its significance in transforming the entire education system as a whole. Combined, LED accelerator along with the Universal Vision will enable future U.S. education, industry, and government to advance at an accelerated rate, extending their leadership within the 21st century on the world stage.