Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Four Pillars of Education

Read the attachment below and write a comment about it in relation with the discussion we had in our class last Friday. How are these four pillars related to our role as teachers in our attempt to educate others?

The Four Pillars of Education were produced in the 1996 report to the UNESCO presented by the Comission of Education presided by Jaques Delors. The document was titled Learning: The Treasure within and its contents still influence educational policies around the world.

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35 comments:

  1. Maria Ivelis Padilla Arias


    The four pillars of education which are learning to know, leaning to do, learning together and learning to be ,each one has a different point of view and helps us see things and understand different things. Learning to know; mainly talks about how we start thinking, we process things, how we concentrate, and memory skills. As you know since we are small kids we start learning, concentrating and thinking. I personally think this is the most important pillar of education since it’s the first one we develop and use in our live. Learning to do; talks about how can we use education and how can we adapt it to future. What I understand about this learning is that is for professional persons, who want to improve it all. The learning to be together; talks about how can we unite the world, how can we teach our students to care for others and make awareness of what is going on, in the world and in other countries and the last one learning to be; talks about how can we just be ourselves and succeed and how that can help us in education letting us be creative and follow our opinions and statements.

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  2. I believe as educators we must combine all the pillars. All make the basis of a good education. We need to give the students knowledge in order the gain the competencies they need to outstand in their future. We must give them the tools they need to recognize the world around them, exercise their memory, attention and thought. If they have the knowledge they learn to do, they materialize what they have in their brains; each one according to their level and capabilities. They learn to make judgments about right and wrong so they can think critically. Also we should guide them through the discovery of who they are, and what do they want in life, we must provide all the possible experiences so they can reach to those answers. If they know who they are, accept and love themselves they will accept, tolerate and love others. They will learn the importance of a person’s essence; that goes beyond social class, color, education and culture. All the pillars are part of an integral education that allows us to form human beings, that will be able to defend themselves in a world of constant change and will make them part of a better world.

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  3. Four pillars of education
    Learning to live together : People should learn to have values since this will help us to live better among each other , living with peace with each other no matter to what levels of society we belong to accepting each other as we are . And as I think we all want to have a honest political system in our country. With the concept of learning to live together is expected to overcome various conflicts that happen in society as I said before learning to live our differences in many cultures that we may have to deal and learn about them. Learning to be Have social skills to enable individuals to develop the more we can mentally and physically getting to be a complete person. Because knowing the weaknesses and strengths to build us a whole person continuously. Learning to know Acquire all tools we have around us learning everything we can in the world and provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning. Learning how to learn, making sure how can we know and learn. Because of the opportunity to work in specific areas that continue to develop with changes in science and technology. Learning to do having imagination is very important also having initiative. Is very important to achieve experience practicing the activity we like to acquire all the knowledge we can.

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  4. Actually the world is changing so it is necessary for people to understand with each other. It is important for people not only to understand with each other, but also to interchange ideas in a peaceful way and live in harmony. Today is a lack of values that is not permitting human beings to live peacefully and with joy, so is very important the instruction of the four pillars of education in order to gain it.
    The four pillars of education are important and necessary to acquire knowledge and obtain values lost in society by the uncontrolled enlargement of the world. I agree that the pillar “Learning to live together” is fundamental to gain values for living in peace and in harmony, because it develops the understanding of others and their history, traditions, religion etc. Basically on this pillar people learn to tolerate people and to respect others doesn´t matter their traditions, celebrations, beliefs, and thoughts. But to get this pillar we need to go through the others three pillars because they sustain the pillar of learning to live together.
    In my opinion the base for all the pillars is the pillar “Learning to know”. This pillar basically introduces all what people need to know in order to grow and live in this world with so many changes and challenges. The other two pillars “Learning to do” and “Learning to be” are also important for the search of peace and harmony between all the people. The first that is related to work and the second one to the accomplishment of goals are topics that actually are relevant for having people to have success and to live peacefully.
    In the role as teachers these for pillars are very important because it focus us to teach our students how to behave with others and to tolerate others. Also the way how goals can be achieve and to accomplish work as an individual an as a group. I consider that some of these pillars are introduced first of all at home but can be reinforced at school. So we have a great labor to accomplish with our students wihch is not easy.

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  5. I believe that each one of the four pillars of education is related and that one couldn’t happen without the other. They begin when we are just babies, we need to learn to live with others, starting at home with our family and as we get older we have the need to learn to live with others in different circumstances, as we begin school, we spend around 7 hours with our classmates. As we get to know ourselves we also learn to be, we are able to affront our weaknesses and make our best with our abilities, if I have trouble with my spelling words I study more and if I’m good at math I would probably just do a couple of exercises , learning how to know and how to learn are really related to learning to be, I think that is the base of everything, if we are able to learn to be, we will be able to accept ourselves and others, as Carlos said. As human beings it may take a while for some to have a well establish foundation of the four pillars, once we have it, it will probably be easier to understand why I understand better if I read out loud and why my friend needs a quiet room. Experience, maturity and certain situations that we may go through may help us, our students and everyone we know learn to live with others, learn to be, learn how to know and how to learn. As teachers we need to guide our students through the four pillars, we must remember that they will help them through life.

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  6. The 4 pillars of education are important to take in account in order to give the essential tools to our student’s needs to develop and growth in this demanding society. Learning to know is the teaching that comes from our childhood the teaching from ours parent and us as teacher. That’s why is important that what we teach is fundamental of the development of its deductive and inductive reasoning and the increasing of its memory skills. learning to live together is no more than teach tolerance and acceptance to other culture, races or religion follower to our students and a good way to this this is putting together to work in a group in order to obtain the goal and at the same time they would learn more about themselves, its culture, religion. Learning to do in this world that the most important is technology we have to learn to adapt and apply our knowledge in order to get more benefits of this boom For us more easily to continue doing the same thing in the same way and not experience to do it in a easily way that would encourage our ability to experiment and learn more when we affront a unknown thing that is what we have to teach to our child’s no to be to afraid to encourage unknown things. Learning to be this is important because we have to help each child to develop its own personality, we have to guide and give the important and essential tools that they are going to use in their development as a professional person in all aspects

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  7. *Learning to know: First we as teachers need to learn to understand the world around, and feel the desire to explore more, and research etc. so that our intellectual curiosity starts growing, once curiosity grows that desire to explore take us to develop our creativity thru the analysis and reasoning and pondering on a matter or something that we have started to know. How may we develop more these senses of intellectual curiosity, creativity and analysis in us and in the students, there are many chances some of which I have experienced as a student, some could be by applying games, visits, trips, practical works and investigations to enrich our lives as teachers and enlighten and enrich the lives of our students to help them be well prepared to face the changes of the professional and personal life. Learning to do: To develop the talent to be competitive which can be in specific areas, this includes learn to work in teams where we can learn from other teachers skills of communication, teaching, teambuilding, problem solving, dealing with difficult parents or students, service etc., shaping us better for the future. *Learning to live together: As teachers we are also responsible to help our students to develop empathy among them so that they can always show a positive attitude towards others, this will help them to be prepared for the future to have good interpersonal relations. *Learning to be: Is also our duty to help students to discover and make them to realize who they are and how important and special beings they are, so that they will value themselves, they will value other members of their family and will also be good citizens as they value any person in the society.
    As teachers I think we need to be the best examples of living this, at school and wherever we are, not only when students are in front, we need to learn to be, we are teachers, but sometimes we teach this kind of things better by example than by theory, what I mean is that we need to live what we teach. As we try our best in applying this four pillars, which I have found are fundamental for teachers to know, I think and feel that we will prepare the best citizens, persons and professionals of the world. As we see the newspaper or whenever we look for a job, we can see that these 4 pillars are consider, not exactly with the same names, but they are required.

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  8. As educators it is our duty to prepare our students for life, providing them with the skills and tools they will need to hopefully succeed in everything they do. These skills cannot be narrowed down to the knowledge they might get from books. We need methods to teach them to encounter different situations in life, situations that might not be in any lesson the classroom might provide. Our society is growing into a larger scale, we are a “global community”, and this community is demanding more from us than it ever did before. “Teach them for life” that is what we should be doing and what many educators believe is the way to go. UNESCO identifies four pillars of education as the key for our young generation. Children should learn to be, learning to know, to live together and learn to do. By learning to be students are expected to get to know themselves in a way where they can bring about the best from within and work their way into becoming better human beings. Learning to know will help us understand what we need to learn and keep our knowledge up-to-date with such a changing technology. Learning to live together nowadays is one of the most important aspects in our society; we need to learn to accept, respect and embrace differences regardless of gender, ethnicity, etc. We also need to learn to resolve and avoid conflict. Learning to do is the skill that helps us be the best that we can be at what we do, learning to do it well and to precisely know the steps to make it.

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  9. When referring to education it is always important to keep in mind this changing world we live in. Sometimes we might think that we have learned enough, but there are things we have to keep on learning throughout our lives. Learning is a continuous process that takes place, I think, for as long as we live, we never stop learning so it is very important that we know how to learn. This particular aspect of our education has to do with another pillar of education, learning to know, since “laying the foundations for learning throughout life”, gives us the basis for life, knowing that learning is an ongoing process. Learning to do is also very important because we need to be able to know how to do things, being able to make difficult decisions, and also being able to work closely with others, and I agree that some of this aspects we learn as students, it is very hard sometimes to learn them as adults. But for all this to work we have to learn to be. None of the pillars will have a purpose if we don’t learn how to be, know what we, as individuals are capable of doing. It is important to know how high we can fly. It is also important to know that this world is made up of different kinds of people and that we need to respect one another no matter what differences we might have, this also is part of education.

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  10. How are these four pillars related to our role as teachers in our attempt to educate others?
    The role of the teacher is understanding students’ needs, and engaging them in their learning experiences The four pillars talk about the different needs students have in this new century and how we can help them develop into citizens that can learn to be individuals and still live in a society.
    In learning to know let us know that we don´t need to forget the basic of learning that is memorisation and concentration.
    In Learning to do students they don´t need to have phisical abilities because most of the work is intelectual and be creative.
    In learning to live together well we live in a society that is become very violent. Then we need to start changing the society from scratch that is with new student. We need to teach them to live in peace and harmony and respect others individualities.
    In learning to be my favorite one because I can still have my own individuality and still live in this new society without hurting other peoples feeling and be as creative as I wish.
    The four pillars I see them basically with some of Confucius way of living in witch you can be yourself and still live in society as long as you respect other peoples ideas and creativity.

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  11. As Educators and as part of a society we need to combine these four to be better as teachers as well as human being. Learning to know means to acquire al instruments or tools for comprehension, it involves pure knowledge for present and the future application; it implies of knowing your surroundings.
    Memory and Concentration are important skills to develop in order to achieve this important pillar of education. The process of learning to think is one of the most difficult objectives of education since it involves one’s capability intelligence, knowledge, develop skills and environment.
    Learning to do is putting into practice what you have learn or pure knowledge in application with your thinking skills like what you can synthesis, memorize etc. Also is to be able to influence the own environment, Training the human being to face an amount of interactions and have a team work attitude. This means that learning to do will develop the professional qualification for the world competence. Remember that personal competence are based on a body of theoretical and practical knowledge combined with personal dynamism and good problem-solving, decision-making, innovative and team skills.
    Learning to be together it means to participate and cooperate with others, in this pillar education plays an important role because it will make the difference between doing the right thing and the wrong, when the human being is able to understand diversity and to be tolerance with others. This in this point is where we make the difference, also this approach should make us get involve in social activities like charity ect. Learning to be it means the development of our own personality, self-criticism and self –control I can say that learning to be is learning how to be a human being. in this pillar I understand that is the acquisition of skills, knowledge, values ect. With this we get to a complete fulfillment of a human.

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  12. After reading this document I got to the conclusion that all four pillars are important none by itself could make education complete. Each of them complement each other, just like in society everything is connected or like parents depends on teachers to help them complement their child education. As a parent and teacher I believe it is responsibility of the parents to stimulate our baby at home and begin with the process of showing him the world and make him curious about what happens around. This will help him with its concentration skills and ability to think. On the other hand when a child has the opportunity of going to school is exposed to interact with other kids and adults, which is very important for their personal relationships. In this same process children are ask to accomplish different activities and should be able to follow instruction and make their best effort. As the document said learning to do will prepare them for different tasks in their future life and will also help them learn from their mistakes. As parents and teacher we can leave footprints in a child by helping them understand themselves, promote self confidence, independent thinking in social experience. All this aspects are included in the process of education and are extremely important to accomplish the goal of learning at a higher level.

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  13. The four pillars of education, I think that they all are linked together because as teacher we have to know our students, their environment, how they learn, knowing how to teach and the most important thing is to prepare our students for the world outside, that they could have the tools and skills to be successful in their life. The first pillar is learning to know, is a type of learning that develops one’s concentration, memory skills and the ability to think. The second pillar is learning to do, is to give meaningful knowledge, skills and tools to equip students to do the best of themselves for their future. The third pillar is learning to live together, in our present, violence often dominates life. We have to teach values, humans diversity, respecting difference opinions or ways of thinking and to dialogue for resolving conflicts. The last pillar is learning to be, education should contribute to every person’s complete development, is personality training; education should be individualized process and making a balance at the same time with interactive social experience. Concerning in developing imagination and creativity. To complete fulfillment of a person in all richness of his/her personality as an individual, member of a family, citizen, producer and creative dreamer.

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  14. In today’s turmoil of a world, we’ve come to realize that education needs to evolve in order to face the challenges of this ever-changing society. Endless issues like the labor market, economy, global-warming, religion, politics and so forth are just a tidbit of what we are forced to deal with and handle as part of our daily life. Learning to live together is fundamental due to the prior fact, we need to “learn” to be tolerant and to accept differences in any way shape or form, in fact learn to see them as enriching. We must learn and appreciate our world, our communities, and surroundings, learn from our history and really attain the message of past glories or ancient conflicts. Why? Because we must never forget which mistakes have led us to our current triumph or failure. Once I read in the Holocaust Memorial Museum the following, “Never forget, never again”. That phrase stuck to me, it made me think that to avoid making the same mistakes of intolerance we MUST NOT forget about them. Contemporary society is pushing us to become “life-long” learners, if we stop looking for knowledge and information we will eventually be left behind. Surfing the rough waters of the world requires us to grab ahold of everything we know and apply it to whatever context we are set in. If we don’t , the riptides will undoubtedly part with us. Nothing is exclusive of a subject matter anymore, we need to be ready to walk down any path we encounter putting every bit we know to make it work to our benefit, but moreover to the benefit of mankind. We must find that motivation within to explore and strengthen all our potentials and use them as tools to accomplish success not only as human beings, but as a member of a global community. We must learn to be. The connection tour teaching role, if we, the adults must comply with all of the above, it is our duty to enable our students to function in such a world. Provide them with the opportunities to learn the skills they require to perform successfully in a world that twists and turns dramatically.

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  15. In what refers to education we must take into consideration what surrounds us, firs of all The Society which is becoming hard so we must keep in constant learning day by day. No matter our age or our condition, we must focus every time on education which is constantly changing, and for that the 4 pillars of education must go hand by hand because one leads another, but it is important to begin with ourselves applying the four pillars in our daily life, cause education takes a place in our life in a different way at a different time, but without the four pillars education won’t be complete, it shall be as everything common sense (which sometimes we don’t use) we are ¨Learning to know¨ ¨Learning to do¨ ¨ Learning to live together¨ ¨ learning to be¨ we shall apply them in our daily life as teachers, parents… and guide our students through them.

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  16. The Four Pillars of the Education
    The process of learning really implies several stages in our lives, it all matters, where we live, who do we live with, and what do we do. It also involves every person around us, teacher, parents, family, etc… In order to successfully integrate everything that is important in education the UNESCO suggests four pillars; they are: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be.
    Though out our lives we can see the importance of memory skill and the ability to think critically because life is about taking decisions, these skills form the base for learning to know. As teachers, we can make a difference in our society if we teach these two skills in different ways in order to make learning an enjoyable process for our students. Whatever we do with our children it endures for life!
    Education must be useful to our students in the most practical sense possible. In learning to do we must teach what is absolutely necessary for success in the current times and elaborate from there when possible. This means that the teaching curricula and didactics must evolve at the same pace of changes in society and all of its elements like the economy, politics, etc…
    The education tasks involve all aspects in our environment. Sometimes we may ask ourselves why other countries have faster development experiences than others, well the answer is education. In learning to live together students must learn to understand other cultures, customs, ways of living, needs, etc… Though this pillar in education, people will be more tolerant and avoid conflicts which are two essential conditions for peace and progress.
    I think, we all deserve the opportunity to learn, to enhance our talents, every children and young person should be offered every opportunity to be artistic, scientific, cultural or for social discovery and experimentation. The feeling of successful, achievement and development is paramount in the life of a human being and if we can achieve it through education, this could be a tremendous incentive for individual achievement and consequently collective progress.

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  17. I believe that as educators we must stick to those four pillars as a feedback to our teaching philosophy. We must consider that the world is constantly changing and new advances are arising, we should prepare in order we enrich our students needs, Learning to know, is just simply what we learn since we born, our background knowledge which is important to learn different things in which you make connections between what you already know and what you are learning, as teachers we must let our students know the purpose of learning new things and what do we expect them to do, there comes the Learn to do, which I consider that an essential part of the an educator is to encourage their students to think how are they going to solve a problem? How to create new things? And making the right decisions for their life’s which is part of the Learning to be, students must learn that not everybody has the same abilities and that part of learning being an human is to accept others differences. Teachers should give their students the feedback and guidance that enables them to develop their abilities in different situations, such as team work in which they also learn how to deal, listen and respect others opinions in order they learn to live together, cooperating and willing to help others . As educators we have an enormous responsibility; teaching for life and preparing the professionals that this world is requiring, so we must not leave these pillars behind!

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  18. As educators we are is very important to be aware of the four most important pillars of education for different forms of skills acquired in learning.
    Four levels of education have been trying to adapt the world to be people with the ability to live in a world with changing trends. EDUCATION treasure within.
    To fulfill the mission of education must be structured in four fundamental ways of learning to achieve significant cognitive development of each person (the four pillars of knowledge).
    1.-Learning to know: Each person, understand the world around him, so less likely to acquire domain knowledge to themselves instruments of knowledge. Stresses the importance of research and suggests that cooperation is made from. Elaborates on the fact to learning emphasizing issues such as proposed selective memory and associative, the attention of perception should open and helpful in nature and thought from his perspective that indicates deductive and inductive (concreteness and abstraction). Finally note that the acquisition of knowledge is an endless process that remains while experiencing life.

    2 .- Learning to be: two questions arise teach how to practice what you learned? And how to adapt teaching to the new world of work? It is closely linked to vocational training, teaching students how to implement their knowledge and adapt their teaching to the labor market.

    3 .- Learning to live together or live together: This learning is undoubtedly the main premises of Education through the joint participation of common life projects within the school environment, community, family and peers.

    4 .- Learning to be: I think the best way to summarize this section is literally putting which is the fundamental principle of this Commission of UNESCO: "Education should contribute to the overall development of each person: body, mind, intelligence, sensitivity , aesthetic sense, personal responsibility, spirituality. All human beings must be able, in particular through the education received in his youth, to acquire an independent and critical thinking and to develop their own views, to determine for themselves what to do in different circumstances of life .
    As education throughout life is based primarily on the four pillars of knowledge: Learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be.

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  19. Following with your discussion and comments, which are very good, by the way, I must admit though, I ranked them. For me number one is Learning to Be, I think it’s a tough one. We are all born with a set of personality traits, talents, abilities, etc… and sadly and more often than not, these qualities are lost because of a lack of fortitude of character, discipline, intrinsic motivation and high moral standards. Highly talented people, both adults and even children, do not develop their full potential because of it. How many times have we heard of very intelligent and talented people of whom much is expected, and suddenly they are caught up in vice and destructive behavior? I think one of my jobs as a teacher is to nurture my students so they can tap into themselves find their way and go and be the best they can. I relate this very closely with learning to live together. We have done this since the beginning but it seems that nowadays, respect and harmony and justice is lacking in our societies, which shows as that mere knowledge and technology is not the answer to world problems necessarily.
    With a sound basis on character and the compassion, then “the mastery of learning tools” and “learning how to learn” (learning to know) and the know how, (learning to do), should become easier.
    Am I really nurturing my students to help them develop their full potential? Hmmm, tricky. Am I a learner and in this process myself? I hope so.

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  20. Well done everybody!! I can see that you are taking the four pillars seriously. Keep it up!

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  21. The Four Pillars of Education
    In my opinion these four pillars are essential in one´s life. I am daring to use this word mostly because I think, and I am sure, that if humans all around the world dare to work, think, and live focusing in the four pillars of education life and the world would give a drastic change for everyone, in a good way. Life would be easier if racism stopped, if we could just see each other as a whole, keeping in mind that no one is better than the other and by working together, once the world is united, things would be better. If this worked perfectly as described wars would come to an end, and maybe we could even stop global warming and have the world nice and neat for the upcoming generation. It all starts by learning how to live together, if we could do this without comparing your life with others´ this is when it will all begin to work just right. Once your self-esteem is low and that you can’t perform a specific task is when you begin to fail and every little thing that surrounds you will come to an end as well. If this happened, one of the pillars of education is not working, “Learning to be”. Once one of the pillars begins to fail some other will fail as well and so on until you have no pillars to look out for, and life will be as it is. Life will be a race, a competition with the rest of the world of who is better in life and not focusing in having a better world, we will ruin it.
    I consider that there should be a balance between the four pillars, once you “Learn how to live together” in harmony now you will be able to feel free and show what you can really do in life and fight for your own goals and help others with their own. When this happens you will feel confident that nothing is impossible and that you can overpass any obstacle that life brings to you. If you focus on the four pillars, the last but not least pillar of education, “learning to know”, helps keep everything straight. Everything that you have been doing will be an experience; learning experience that will last throughout a life time.
    JANINE IRIAS(0801189808730)

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  22. Everybody should take in consideration what UNESCO has to say in this report. Understanding the Four Pillars of Education can make us become better people as well as improve our lives as teachers. Being able to learn to know can help us gain a deeper comprehension of the world that surrounds us, by mastering learning tools, developing concentration, memory skills and the ability to think. Human beings need all these to solve problems, have abstract thoughts and to be capable of combining deductive and inductive reasoning, so learning to do won´t be so difficult. In these times the more we know the better; but if we are not qualified to do things, it makes it almost impossible to succeed. Occupational and skill training, personal competence, social behavior, personal initiative, willingness to take risks and group work abilities are as important and necessary today. Having the conviction that learning to live together will leave us a better world is essential and education should be the best weapon for it, we should teach how to avoid conflict or peacefully resolve it, even tough it is a difficult challenge since competition, media exposure, the human ability for self destruction and for overestimating our and other abilities develop into tension between each other, rich and poor , young and adults, black and white, we can teach empathy, human rights, values to help our new generations discover each other and to encourage them to get together in common projects for common well. In order to learn to be, we as educators most ensure personal resources and intellectual tools; although we must also make sure people learn to enjoy freedom of thought, judgment, feelings and imagination so we can contribute in everybody´s development. Anna Sabillón

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  23. Our rapidly dwindling world may seem as an enemy to most of those whose passion is to aid and help those hungry vassals with as much information, teaching them to learn throughout their own lives. It has become my biggest ambition to be that individual with the power to lead extraordinary human beings no matter their race, color, or social status and even their abilities to express themselves. Nevertheless, there is always a need for a guide to answer those inevitable questions of: “Why go to school every day to gain information from teachers that is available to most individuals with access to such information through a mere technical apparatus?” My personal quest was always to find an answer to my own purpose which was gained through those individual whom I myself guide. Education is not just a classroom; it is not just teachers or students. Education is a community in and outside our classroom and nowadays our city, country and even continent. As an educator I am that guide which will lead, teach, and open every door to those who gain knowledge from myself and history itself. The pillars serve as a guide in reaching my goals. They guide in my own philosophy of education that which will contribute to the society which my students will inevitably confront in the long run. It is important as educators to not just teach basic knowledge but enhance student’s curiosity with research and experimentation. To help them put what is learned into practice in a creative and ingenious manner. The purpose of my existence in their lives is to aid them in the understanding of themselves. It could be that my mere existence is to guide my students in learning to live together. Once they have an idea of who they are and what they are capable they will figure out a way to manage the inevitable conflicts of their society in a peaceful manner. I believe that only teachers can enjoy the pillar of “learning to be” for here is where the fruit of my work is revealed. It is in this pillar where my own guidance shines with the brightest light. To see my empty vassal filled with its OWN ideas, thoughts, feelings and creativity. As educators we can never overlook what is placed in our hands. We must have a clear idea of our purpose that which is the production of effective citizens, individuals with self-respect that contribute to their family, community and country. The four pillars of education hold everything together and enable students to learn to know, learn to do, learn to live together and learn to be.

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  24. The four pillars are the basics of human knowledge. These pillars are skills which need to be developed. Our responsibility is to guide young minds through their growth so they can be successful and be all they can be. If we can teach them down to others correctly and with care, we will become better teachers and better people as well. No human will know everything but applying each and every one of these basic skills will provide the tools necessary to live correctly and with respect to others.
    Learning to know stands for acquiring the knowledge we need to reach our purpose and have a decent life. Learning to do is learning to apply that knowledge the right way. Making it work for the benefit of ourselves and others.
    When learning to do we must respect others and that is when learning to live together becomes important. We must use our skills in what we do but we must also do it as a part of a community. No one is capable of everything on their own and we all need help.
    Finally learning to be is learning how to grow in that community. We must learn how to always keep cultivating our personalities and our own thoughts and ideas. Having a critic mind and distinguishing useful knowledge from a useless one is an important part of this.

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  25. Teachers should apply the four pillars of education to everything they do. Making students get the tools to understand and learn about their own world is a must, so they can analyze it and discover its beauty. Learning to pay attention, use their memory and have a critical thinking will be useful in their life. Learning to do has a new meaning nowadays, since having interpersonal skills, occupational training, and social behavior, not just academic knowledge is necessary to achieve goals. Teachers have to encourage team work, cooperative learning, problem solving abilities, innovation and decision making as well as scientific knowledge to make sure that students will be capable get in to the work force with all the tools they will need. By teaching values, morality, discipline, love for their peers and setting a good example we allow them to learn to live together. If we guide them into understanding each other, treating them as we would like to be treated and working together towards the same goal they will learn to be agents of change as they contribute to develop into people who have fair judgements, critical thinking and a responsible for their own actions as for the world they are living in.

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  26. Being a teacher is a devotion not just an occupation, having the four pillars of education as a guide for us to lead students into a more peaceful and understanding world is a tool that we must take advantage of. To be leaders or guides in children´s life might be a difficult task; but if we manage to encourage them to think, to analyze to have a better understanding of themselves we can accomplish a lot. Encouraging students to influence over their own life and the world they live in has to be our duty, to let them realize that education is not just to get a job; but to become better citizens, better human beings. If we can succeed in these tasks we will be leaving, for the future to come, new leaders with the ability to overcome any difficulty, who are fair and have a critical and analytical point of view and are responsible for their own acts, people who will get really involved in their society and the way it develops. I believe that education at all levels should be a holistic idea guided by integrity, moral, values and as teachers we have to lead the way to make these changes possible having the four pillars of education as our guide.

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  27. First of all I must say that I feel grateful for my education, after reading all the information about education itself I realized how important it is for us, and I am not talking just about the knowledge we acquire in school, but that we gain throughout life. All the four learning pillars talk about how we gain knowledge with experience and that technical definitions and reactions we learn through a teacher; it is what we do for success as a professional and personal life experience, it is what we are , what we become after all the knowledge is drop inside our minds.
    After going throughout the pillars, I identify myself with “Learning to Live”, having the ability to have our knowledge model our character and who we are and how we react to situations that are presents to us. Daily basis is the most appreciated education we can have, it won`t matter if you have gone through High school or college, having a master would we abolished just having the adequate way to react to those situations that represent a challenge in life.
    As a teacher I must say, that we need to learn and engage all these pillars as we guide others to find themselves in the world. And the most important pillar to embrace as teachers must be to teach “Learning to do” , we need to make students realize they can do anything they want if they just try. Once they acquire all the pillars and put them into practice, the world`s doors will be open.

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  28. As educators I believe we have a huge commitment with our students, we are able to touch our students´ lives, we can make an impact on them, it is our duty to prepare them to face everyday challenges, prepare them for life (Learning to be). Here lies the foundation for true learning to take place, I believe that in order for meaningful acquisition of knowledge, we have to integrate the four pillars of education, one can´t be separated from the other. As humans we are social beings, though at times we might wander on our own, we need to have people to comfort us, support us, and why not, even people who inform us of our shortcomings, we need to learn how to accept each other, and respect the way other people think or feel, when we assign group work this is one skill we are reinforcing, they might have different opinions, but they need to learn how to compromise (Learning to live together). We have to instruct children to be able to discriminate information, the media offers an infinite amount of information, however, not all information is adequate, they must develop their own ideas and opinions (Learning to know). Students have to use what they know in order to decide how they will act.

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  29. This article refers specifically to our tasks and the way we learn, I loved this article particularly because it specifies how we learn from the world, from each other. It also defines how people learn, the skill, the practicality, the way we interact and the way we learn throughout life as it goes. It also made me think about the way we teach our children, as educators we have to remember that we all are integral beings; we have emotional factors that control our learning skills, we have genetics and we also have personality, which contribute to our daily learning experience.
    We also have to have in mind, that everybody learns in different ways and that everything that surrounds us makes either a positive or a negative impact in our life. The four pillars are based in all of the aspects mentioned before, but I really think that the most important aspect for a “successful” harmonious social relationship with others is getting to know each other and learning to know the people and every aspect of our environment to understand the world around us. I also think that kids learn to respect everybody else`s ideas, opinion; and to teach tolerance and respect is a hard thing to do, especially with teenagers in my personal experience. These type of things need to be taught in a constant way, in a daily basis, since a very early age; in order to be acquired.
    Finally, as teachers we should always have in mind that children explore everything around them, and that they learn something every day, either because they`ve been taught or by experience.

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  30. Joanna Vides CooperDecember 3, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    When I read this article, I thought about the UNESCO did well in establishing the four pillars of education because, It is important to be detailed of what it means so people can act responsible and can live a better life. This should be edited for people to see daily so they can get the right picture. To share the same world will only be easy if people start acting responsibly and help together find solutions to day to day problems. I find myself agreeing to this because, education shouldn’t have a price, and it should be affordable for everyone and not discriminate people, instead, encourage them to keep educating themselves. Following these four Pillars of education, we would be ensuring a good education on children and filled with values which are the base core of all life. This provides an opportunity for people with few or no formal educational qualifications. Also, there is a growing trend among employers to evaluate potential employees in terms of their personal competence rather than certified skills which they see as merely demonstrating the ability to perform specific physical tasks through social behavior, personal initiative and a willingness to take risks. From early childhood, it should focus on the discovery of other people in the first stage of education. Learning to do means, education with application, not theory based.

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  31. Learning to live together means to participate and cooperate with the other people and I could understand that we need to strength our educational systems around many places, since we live in a violent world. Learning to do means, to be able to act creatively in one´s environment, it is education with application, not theory based, you do hands on and experiments. Learning to Be is education that allows students to get to know their abilities, and feel free to be who they want to be without feeling different among others, as well as letting students to develop their personalities and act with great autonomy, judgment and personal responsibility. Learning to know is acquiring the instruments of knowledge, It is important that students can achieve certain skills from each of the pillars that can make them become better individuals and live in a society. This means teachers, must commit on making students to get involved on discovering each one as individuals. As teachers we must get and include a small part of each of the four pillars in our classrooms, to create an environment where children can feel safe and comfort with their learning. It is in fact important to conclude that no construction can be well done if the basis or pillars are not strong enough to stand firm for long time. Just as our kids need to have strong values and learning’s on their first stages of life so when they grow up can become better people for our world.

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  32. Learning through practice .The 20th century had had a lot of changes and increased the knowledge of all the people who are open to learn and learning had become a way of life, because life is just a workshop for all of us. This Commission had made an emphasis on four pillars to describe the foundations of education.
    The first pillar is learning to know. Nowadays it is really important the knowledge we get, according to the challenges life is offering so many ways to progress, but it requires some conditions, one is that we need to increase our knowledge through a career or studying to learn to know how to do something in a job
    The second is learning to do .through practice or working in groups is a very good chance for students to learn, especially because human been like competition and they usually try to do their best, as if they got to win something, in that way they have the chance to try out or develop their abilities and then they are getting involved in their team at the same time they had become part of it.
    The third pillar is learning to be. : Our buried treasure must be left untapped. memory, reasoning power, imagination, physical ability, an esthetic sense, the aptitude to communicate with others and the natural charisma of the group leader, which again goes to prove the need for greater self-knowledge, we can learn to be what we spect from ourselves only if we dig to find our treasure developing or increasing our knowledge and get our goals done. And even after this, we still need to be firm on the learning process and open all those doors we still want to open and continue learning every single day…
    And the fourth is learning to live together: it’s really important to learn to know the people around us try to understand them their culture traditions and their spiritual values, it will help us to accept their way of living and to use to them, face challenges with enthusiasm and courage to get over any situation .being positive thinking that we can do anything we want with Our Heavenly Father´s help, recognizing his help in our life.
    It is really important that we study to get to the practice and then get the experience to be part of our life, we need to be able to learn each day of our life and face all the challenges that are in our way. Life is the better workshop for us but without the knowledge we won’t learn as fast as we need. This is the century of the changes and we need to be prepared for all those changes.

    ROSA MARIA MACIAS RAMIREZ Marymac

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  33. These four pillars is the way teaching and learning becomes a complete life lesson experience. How we as educators should integrate every aspect in life, form values aside from the actual content to be taught. We can work as guides or model to them for a broad general education to give different learning opportunities that will help us in the day by day experiences. We help students know and understand that what we see of our world is not even half of what it actually is. They need to know that this world has it´s good and bad times, they need to live this experiences that will help them mature and find their own way of dealing with this issues. We as teachers can help as a guide but we can´t explain this experience, is a life learning lesson. But we can certainly be there to help and support. They need to recognize that knowledge is attained but the way it´s used or put on practice at the end is going to be up to them. The existence of human diversity and how we need to respect other people’s points of view and goals, because we all have the same rights and freedom of speech, to know that probably their goal is the same as someone else and that maybe this person has actually putted more of a fight to obtain it, work in a collaborative way to succeed, be more humanitarian, enrich their relationships with other people. We as teachers can help them love and engage their goals in order to obtain them. We mark our students in every aspect, and by this we are part of their future.

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  34. The four pillars of education are related between each other. We as teacher become a very important part of our students life. We are a role model for them so we have to be a good model for them. The first pillar talks about learning to know, is about the knoweledge we get through life experiences and how we react to each one. It helps us grow in a mature way. The second pillar is learning to do, work as individuals and as a group. Put all our knowledge and share it to make an important influence in our world. The third pillar learning to be, respect all way of thinking even if we dont support. We have a variety of opinions and we have to work along. The fourth pillar, learning to live together, is in my opinion the most problematic of the pillars because of the variety of points of view and goals we all humans have.We nned to get along and be respectfull, as teachers we can influence in the most positive way to make a better human beings. We must work along the four pillars and emphasize every day!

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  35. As a teacher u must apply the four pillars of education....

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