Thoughts on Education
King's Beliefs on what school should impart in order for us to call it education.
1. Each student upon the completion of school should feel that he/she is a part of a vital community in which we are each responsible for each other. A necessary, but not sufficient, condition for this to occur is to understand our common struggle here in America.2. Each student upon the completion of school should know what talents and types of intelligences he/she possess. He/she should know how to convert these talents and intelligences into their “social equivalent.”
3. Each student should, upon the completion of school, know the following: how to manage their personal finances; how to plan their finances; how to spend their money wisely; how to invest for retirement; how to invest toward financial independence; how to spend their money so as to invest in the community (in other words build wealth in the community); how to purchase and sell property.
4. Each student should upon the completion of school have engaged in work that involves conscious development and maintenance of an empowered, peaceful and prosperous community.
5. Each student should upon the completion of school know of the myriad of career choices that are available. Furthermore, he/she should have worked in his/her area(s) of interest so as to learn about that career and if it may be for him/her or not.
6. Each student should upon the completion of school know how to apply (or at least seek to apply) their career interests to the building and sustaining of his/her community.
7. Each student should upon the completion of school understand the sequence of stages of physical and cognitive development of children. Each student will likely one day become a parent, uncle, aunt, big cousin etc…We all have a responsibility to help children inherit that which we build for their benefit and for the benefit of the generations to come.