Advocating non-formalized education Supporting alternative education
Alternatives to state school education are possible in the USA, Canada, France and some other countries. Some forms of new alternative education being created include parent cooperatives, home school resource centres, charter schools, public at-risk alternatives, public choice and magnet schools, Montessori and Waldorf schools.
True intellectual breakthroughs have always come from independent scholars outside the academic community: Einstein, Freud, Will Durant and Bertrand Russell are examples. New seminal ideas are being developed by non-academics: Ivan Illich, Rachel Carson, Ralph Nader, E F Schumacher, Paul Goodman and James Lovelock.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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