The Educator Holds the Duty of the Philosopher King: Education Needs to Bind People Together

By Helene Cristini.

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Disequilibrium and alienation are in ascendancy everywhere and consequently the world has become uprooted wherein no culture is spared; both the west and the east are struck by wars, intolerance and fanaticism. If we asked the question, what it is due to and looked for the answer exclusively in the political or economical realm, we would not find the solution to this malaise, because the problem is existential. That is why, the secularisation of consciousness (deriving from secular politics) entailing a divorce from the temporal and the spiritual holds the major responsibility for that malaise. Personal morality is voluntarily detached from public affairs. The world we live in, is one in which moral crises and a subservience to merely political values, is the predominant condition. Therefore, values are uprooted. Hence, education has to spread meaningful or spiritual values (ones that link again human beings to one another) as a way to respond to social challenges. The educator’s role is one that needs, tantamount to Plato’s famous words, to associate itself to the one of the “philosopher king”.

Keywords: Educator, Philosopher King, Spiritual

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp.91-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 501.572KB).

Dr. Helene Cristini

Professor, Professor of International Relations Theory and Business Ethics, International University of Monaco, MONACO, Principality of Monaco, Monaco

Both educated in the West and in the Orient, I am at once interested in International Relations Theory from a cultual and religious perspective, i.e. soft politics and in the new directions of education that should encompass spirituality.

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