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COURSE CODE:

Character Education
COURSE TITLE:
Holistic Personal Development
CARLA BLANCA S. MAISO

FOUR PILLARS OF
EDUCATION

The Delors Commission


proposed four pillars of learning
(i.e. learning to know, learning
to do, learning to live together
and learning to be) as
foundations of education and
fundamental types of learning
in the reorganization of
education in twenty-first
century.
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These pillars are coherent,


interrelated and encompassing,
and all form a whole because
there are many points of
contacts, interaction and
exchange among them, and they
relate inclusively to phases and
areas of education that
complement and interpenetrate
each other.
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I. Learning to know
general education

specialized education

Should be given and is


available to all despite
differences of race, of
place and of physical and
economic condition

Provides the opportunity


to study a small number
of subjects in depth,
focused on training to
prepare students for their
respective workplace

general education
It is in this field that a child learns how to:
Think- something that should be learned
from parents and then teachers which
include the process of problem-solving
and abstract thought
Concentrate- ability to focus or to give full
attention to something
Acquire memory skills- skills to associate
one object or experience to another
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specialized education
It is in this discipline that an individual:
Is encouraged for greater intellectual
curiosity
Could sharpen his critical faculties
Enables an individual to develop their own
independent judgment on the world
around them
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Learning to know is the concept of basic


and general education with the addition of
opportunities to work on specific areas
that continue to develop with regards to
the rapid change in science, technology
and socio-economic activities.

General education

Specialized education
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II. Learning to do
Adjusting Education for the 21st Century Occupation

There is a great shift of occupation in the coming years


thus learning should also be adjusted and modified in
order for an individual to cope with change
Learning to do tackles not purely on instructing an
individual to perform a specific task but to give a
grounding in the concept called personal competence

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certified skills vs personal competence


Certified skills
Purely technical or
vocational
Intellectual in aspect
Learned through
specialized education

Personal competence
Mix of skills and
talents
Emotional in aspect
Innate or acquired
qualities

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Learning to do is a concept where


technical skills paired with personal
competence equips man the ability to
perform well in his particular work.

certified skills

Personal competence
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III. Learning to live together


Discovering Other People
Both teachers and students should learn about
human diversity, that all people are in equal
footing and all are interdependent with each
other
Children should be taught early in life the
understanding of other peoples reactions by
taking that experience like its their own
Recognition of the rights of other people which
will bring about the concept of respect
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Moving towards common goals


Shared aspiration bypasses color, religion,
physical attributes and cultural differences.
Conflicts are set aside, tensions cooled
down, arguments are discussed and
resolved, variance is accepted, and
clashes are put aside. An entity is being
formed by that one common goal and
everything that divides the path is dropped
or better yet dissolved.
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Formal education should then provide time and


opportunity to introduce to young people collaborative
projects as part of their sports and cultural activities.

Senior citizen help scheme

Renovation of slum areas

Relief operations
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Learning to live together is a concept of


interdependence and complementation.
This view is expected to overcome various
conflicts within society of differing culture,
geography, ethnicity and so forth.

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IV. Learning to be
Education has its goal of changing a man to
become better in every aspect of his life. In this
regard the aim of development is to make an
individual fulfilled and accomplished as an entity
and as a member of his society.
In order to reach the full development of a
human being, which begins at birth and
continues throughout a persons life, education
should be a highly individualized process and an
interactive social experience.
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The Delors Commission further defines


Learning to Be as "a dialectical process,
which starts with knowing oneself and then
opens out to relationships with others. In
that sense, education is above-all an inner
journey whose stages correspond to those
of the continuous maturing personalityit is
thus a very individualized process and at the
same time a process of constructing social
interaction"(Delors, 1996, p. 95).
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Highly individualized
process
A person should be able to
solve his problems, make
his own decisions and
shoulder his own
responsibilities

Interactive social experience

An individual should be
able to relate with others
and learn expressions of
cooperation, unity and
interdependence

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Learning to be is the process of becoming.


If all of life is directed toward the process of
becoming, of growing, of seeing, of feeling, of
touching, of smelling, there won't be a boring
second. (Leo Buscaglia,1984)

Education should be the process of helping


everyone to discover his uniqueness, to
teach him how to develop that
uniqueness, and then to show him how to
share it because that is the only reason for
having anything. (Leo Buscaglia,1984)
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"Education shall be directed to the full


development of the human personality and
to the strengthening of respect for human
rights and fundamental freedoms

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26

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