WISDOM PAGE Resources
of education is preparation for life. That said, conventional schooling
has fallen short. Its primary aim has been to help young people develop
practical skills reading, writing, arithmetic, and forms of intellectual
knowledge that prepare one for a job and the practicalities of everyday
living. But that is only part of an adequate preparation for life.
Independent learners know this. And, to a limited extent, the mainstream
educational enterprise seems to be awakening to this.
has been missing is education about values, perspectives, and context
elements of that kind of deep understanding called WISDOM.
There has, for example, been little emphasis on character development
and the broadening of concern beyond oneself. Little on internalizing
humanity's higher values. And too little on developing an understanding
of the consequences and ramifications of one's actions in a variety
of contexts family, society, ecological systems, etc. Wisdom
includes factual knowledge but goes beyond it. It involves an expansion
of concern in space and time. And it involves the acquisition and
internalization of values and perspectives which result in decisions
and personal actions that go beyond self-interest and promote the
Wisdom Page website was started in 1995 to make wisdom-related resources
available worldwide. Over the years it has grown in content and
popularity. Today it is a major source of information about wisdom
what wisdom is, why we need wisdom, how wisdom is developed,
wisdom education, wisdom research, and much more. Each month the
website is visited some 12,500 times by 7000+ unique visitors from
more than 130 countries. And each month, more than 24,000 requests
for electronic documents, videos, and audio files are successfully
many hundreds of resources available is wonderful, but what if you
are someone fairly new to the idea of wisdom who simply wants to
get a basic understanding of the concepts and issues? Where do you
that problem we did a thorough review of Wisdom Page resources and carefully
selected a group of appropriate text, audio, and video resources. Those
resources have been arranged in four tiers representing four different
levels of interest, prior knowledge about wisdom, and personal involvement.
We believe that this approach is especially suited to the needs of classroom
teachers who would like to introduce wisdom concepts to their students,
self-motivated individual learners in their teens and beyond, and parents
who would like their children to grow up not only knowledgeable, but wise.
The four tiers take you step by step from a casual-interest starting point
to should you wish to pursue it a deep investigation. Enter
at whatever tier seems the best fit for you. Exit whenever you wish.
1: An Overview
A few brief resources that give an overview of wisdom essentials
2: The Basics
A more comprehensive look at what wisdom is,
why we need wisdom, and
how wisdom is developed
3: Going Deeper
More on the above and related issues
4: Browsing for More
On to the entire Wisdom Page and its menus.
Once there, go wherever you are drawn to go.
note to parents who are home schooling their children. While the Tier
1 and 2 materials are not too advanced for direct-access by teenagers,
we suggest that parents start by viewing the materials themselves. This
way you can discuss them with your older children and think about ways
of introducing the basic ideas to the younger ones. We also hope that
the materials will trigger ideas of your own for wisdom-stimulating home-schooling
activities. If you come up with some that you'd like to share with other
parents, please Contact