Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thoughts on improving society...

I think the best way for a country to improve its social and economic situation is to make a massive investment in the education system, not so much financially as by taking the time to examine different strategies and ensure that the methods used are effective. This requires looking critically at learning institutions and asking "Are we doing the best job we possibly can of teaching our children? How can we do better?" ... a process of constant evaluation and improvement.

Not surprisingly, then, I think that the most important role of the government is to facilitate development of creativity and critical thinking among its population -- this ensures a continuing intellectual capital within the country, and helps perpetuate an effective, democratic government. That said, despotic regimes are of course not going to do this for that exact reason, but we're all idealists here right?

(My responses to questions from a Greenpeace survey)