The learning curve

Education is extremely important; always has been. Active knowledge of 1 or two extra languages eases you to travel and experience the bigger world. Unfortunately not all people are able to get the education they deserve; partly by a lack of a good and broad accessible education system (= politics) and partly children/students are not really motivated within their own environment (= culture) such as the case in the country I live in (South Africa). Many parents (most of them but not all privileged) decided to take education in their own hands and home schooling is taking of in this country. But the majority of the people seemingly don’t see the importance of education and keep their children on the ‘side line’ partly also that parents can’t afford the school fees.

There is still ‘apartheid’ in the South African education system with fairly good education in the ‘White’ schools (nowadays also accessible for ‘non-white children’ but very costly) and there is still ‘Bantu education’ with relatively low school fees but not always the desired quality (= understatement). Knowledge is power and power-without-knowledge results in a ‘phenomenon’ like Julius Malema¬†and his new political party Economic Freedom fighters; merely consisting of members without much education.

Some refreshment is needed ….

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The knowledge cycle

Amazing; reading 200 yr old books (Maison Rustique from France & ‘Mechanische Technologie’ -[Mechanical Technology]- from Holland) and realising that basic principles haven’t changed. Even that people are ‘re-inventing the wheel’. Maison Rustique for example describes in detail how to grow (organically) veggies and how to process them including distilling essences from herbs, etc.; knowledge that repeats itself by modern garden gurus as if their own…. (picture: ‘Mechanische Technologie’).

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