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P. 3) The remainder of Educating Children for Life: The Modern Learning Community examines what is described as the three components of education; namely, the goals and philosophy of education, the characteristics of the students and finally, from the 23 M. KANE interaction of the first two components, the third component, which is the process of education. The first component is discussed here to give an overview of the philosophy and the resulting framework of this educational model. At the core of the book are simple questions: what is the philosophy and goal of education?

KANE The Roepers concluded that what was necessary was people. People who are willing to listen to the child and determine his/her needs, to serve as role models and to be emotionally and intellectually in synch with the child so that the subject matter can be related in the best way possible. Out of this change comes a different learning environment. Consequently, another shift during this time period was from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. Learning is an activity that children are naturally motivated to experience.

We believe in victory and our perceptions are short term. We are aware of the consequences of the moment, not the long-range chain reaction of our behavior. We do not remember that if we accept stealing as a way of life we have to guard against others stealing from us. If we kill, we create the possibility of being killed, even if we do it for justice or revenge. All of this is obvious and yet we have not found other methods of dealing with each other. A philosophy that tries to develop the skills of cooperation and looks at this as the ultimate moral and realistic, not illusionary, goal, may be the only true approach that might keep the world from destruction.

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