Contentment and Education
Current higher education strategies seem to concentrate on the expedient, developing skills that can secure employment in the world of work. Valuable as this may be as a way to satisfy politico-economic policy imperatives, it strays from education as an edifying process where personal development represents, through the facing up to distress and despair, an unsettling of our developing identity and a negation of our immediate desire satisfaction. What is proposed for higher education is not a dominant priority to feed happiness for others, but a mission for personal contentment revealed through realizing students’ potentialities, for them, thus recognizing their limitations as part of seeking an attunement to contentment.
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