Education that Uses Life to Motivate the Life of Others Mr. Wu Ching-Shan Attended the Ninth Symposium on Life Education

Education that Uses Life to Motivate the Life of Others

Mr. Wu Ching-Shan Attended the Ninth Symposium on Life Education

Text / Director Wang Lingyi; Photo / Liu Yiling

        Life education is the education that explores the meaning and value of personal and others existence. The connotation of life education includes the deepening of outlook on life, the internalization of value and the personal integration of cognition, emotion, will, and behavior, and the spiritual development. In current national elementary and junior-high nine-year curriculum, life education has been listed as one of the designated units in the integrated area. Senior high school syllabus classifies life education into an independent subject. Therefore, it can be learned that life education has transformed from special project to the implementation in the education field of elementary and secondary schools.

        The promotion of life education relies on the effort and perseverance of determined people. Under the active promotion of Professor Sun Hsiao-Chih who works in the Department of Philosophy of National Taiwan University, the Symposium on Life Education has entered into the ninth year. The Ninth Symposium on Life Education — Life Education and 12-Year Compulsory education was held by the Life Education Center of National Taiwan University in the Tsai Lecture Hall of College of Law, National Taiwan University from October 4th to 6th. The content of the symposium included “The Imagination of Life Education Course--Survival Aesthetics” and other four lectures given by Professor Ou Yung-Sheng who worked in the Graduate Institute of Education of Taiwan Shoufu University, eight invited papers and chapter theses including “Life Education ‘Targeted at Man’”, three integrated forums and three focus forums, to discuss the position and practicing mode of life education in 12-year compulsory education and to learn the current situation in implementing life education and teacher cultivation on Mainland China in recent years.

        Wu Ching-Shan who is the Minister of K-12 Education Administration of Ministry of Education didn’t attend the opening ceremony on October 4th due to busy official business, but he attended the activity and gave a speech in the morning of October 5th (Saturday). Mr. Wu firstly put forward three key elements — who to teach, what to teach, and how to teach. In terms of “who to teach”, it needs to combine teacher training and related studies to cultivate teachers equaling to life education; in terms of “what to teach”, courses that pay equal attention to both theory and practice are demanded. From curriculum outline to textbook compilation, many scholars, experts, and education workers jointly participated in the relevant works. As for “how to teach”, dogmatic methods should be abandoned and integrate the theme into courses or encourages students to learn in the way of storytelling.

        Taking himself as an example, Mr. Wu said that he had ever listened to the lecture entitled A Wreck in the Ocean (which was advised to change to A Ship in the Ocean by Mr. Chiang, Ching-kuo) given by Cheng Feng-His in his alma mater of National Bei-Gang Senior High School in 1973. With courage and perseverance, Mr. Cheng overcame physical obstacles, broke through difficulties in life, and created his life values. His life story moved the audience into tears. Though 40 years had passed, Mr. Wu still kept it in his mind from which could tell the profound influence. At last, Mr. Wu encouraged all the attendees to work together to continue this meaningful activity. In Chinese, nine means “long and lasting”, while ten means “perfect”. He borrowed the good meaning from “nine” and “ten” to bless the ninth and tenth symposiums. He hoped we can plant life education in family, school and society and carry forward life education in 2014 when the 12-year compulsory education was implemented.

        In fact, Mr. Wu spared no effort in pushing life education. When he was the dean of National Academy for Educational Research, he provided resources for related studies on life education. As early as 2008 when he was appointed as the Director of Department of Education of Taipei City Government, he advocated the educational principle of “Tertiary Education and Six Noes”. Tertiary Education means life education, live education and ecology education; Six Noes refers to no refusal, no corporal punishment, no bully, no dropout, no discrimination and no pollution. Tertiary Education aims to rich students’ learning content, expand their learning vision, and cultivate healthy and sound individuals. Life education is to teach children to respect themselves, and respect and care for others. At the moment when the 12-year compulsory education is promoting, it is expected that education can break the intelligence-oriented credentialism and practically implement the life education into education fields to achieve the target of cultivating “good nationals and good global citizens”.