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Today’s Thought: If you could design a society, what would you change?

Here’s a philosophical question entertained by ancient philosophers such as Aristotle Plato and Socrates. Imagine you had the opportunity to design a society, what kind of society would you design?

And just to make it more fun, imagine that you are going to be born again into any one of the positions that you’ve created, what further changes would you make?

Looking at today’s society, with the Internet and so much powerful technology fingertips of so many people, the playing field has never been as level as it is today. However, the concentration of wealth has never been higher. And it seems that wealth matters and self-perpetuates. For instance Parkrose High School graduates a little over half of their entering class, while a school like Lake Oswego, which enjoys a much wealthier demographic, graduates nearly 90% of their entering class.

Circumstances have a huge impact on future success.

Yet Education has often been seen as a vehicle for social justice because it can level the playing field. It’s the one of the reasons why education is held in such high regard, and it’s part of the mission of Academic Life Coaching to have an Academic Life Coach in every high school in the world.

Imagine if every teenager learned core life coaching concepts at the age of 15?

Imagine the impact those skills would have over two generations.

It’s Academic Life Coaching’s recipe for elegant and profound social change and social justice.

If you could change anything in society, what would you change?

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  • Christof N.

    You hit the nail on the head with the points about wealth’s role in society. From my perspective money’s involvement in creating everything into a transactional process is a serious problem. Many things, such as education, should not involve such a reliance on currency. Education should be free to the people and accessible to all. And with America’s basis for public schools, its clear many others have come to the same conclusion. Technology has played a vital role in educating the public, as was pointed out, but money still comes into play when education is free, displayed by the startling statistics comparing the two schools. From that point we can only ask how to change those numbers by asking ourselves why are these children not graduating? I have a hunch that many of them may be forced to enter the workforce early or perhaps fall into bad habits or bad crowds. The only way to combat this is through changing the system but also society and the way education has been perceived. Academic Life Coaching is going in the right direction here.

    • John Williams

      Thanks Christof!

      The system can be pretty discouraging, as it’s designed to get as many students through the required courses so that they can graduate. I know that the administrators and teachers care deeply, but it’s still frustrating.

  • Debbie Waltz

    If I was going to create my own society I would not have any centralized hierarchy. The US has allowed politics to intertwine with economics to a point where big business is dictating far too much. Companies can put their interests in front of the people which is wrong. I would want a society that puts education and community at the forefront of the agenda. I would want a society interested in raising its people up from poverty rather than squishing the poor and homeless under a boot. We strip these people of their dignity and we tell them it is their fault yet we support a system and society that makes it okay for people to fail and starve while fat cats with private jets live wealthy lives.

    I was once told that the world is the richest its ever been. So it amazes me that we still see so much poverty, homelessness, and starving all over the world. The US has a such a large income inequality gap that the people seem almost powerless under the foot of big business, represented by that Occupy Movement not too long ago.

    If I created a society I would want education as the foundation instead of economics.

  • Courtney

    I feel like this teacher’s resignation letter discussing the problems she sees in the educational system goes hand in hand with problems that must be addressed and fixed by our system. I had her as a teacher only for a month or so but she is 100% right when she is talking about the problems facing children today. If we don’t start changing the way things are done in education our children will be hurt as a consequence. I believe in Academic Life Coaching and their mission to change our society now for the better.

  • Anthony Watkins

    I would design establish myself as the figurehead and rule over everybody.


    Okay, in all seriousness, this is a really hard question to answer. Everyone thinks that they know what is best, but in reality, what does that even really mean?

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