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Posted on 1 May, The Secret of Why Crime Is on the Rise Many studies in criminology cast doubt on the effectiveness of prison sentences as a means of crime prevention. For this reason, the influence of prisons on inmates—especially with regard to deterrence and rehabilitation—is a topic that requires serious rethinking.

This is especially true now, as many countries are experiencing a rise in crime rate, both in the number of incidents and in their severity. Moreover, the data show that most inmates who have been released from prison end up returning, sooner or later, on similar charges.

There are many causes for the rise in criminal activity, but they all share a common denominator: On the one hand, our children are exposed to crime, violence, aggressive behavior, and competitiveness at a very young age. On the other hand, the institutions charged with educating our children neglect core values and instead, wrongly focus on grades and tests.

Parents contribute to this wrong focus as well, by asking usually when the child returns home: What did you learn? How did you do on the test? In addition to the pressure of grades and tests, our children are also under constant social pressure. What if, instead of tests and grades, we focused on educating our youth on how to be human beings, on how to be humane? What if the primary goal for our children was for them to become educational role models, good persons who know how to communicate with others properly, who know the difference between right and wrong, good and bad?

Is this where we have gone wrong? Can it be that we are not raising children to be humane from the moment of birth? Is it possible that they are not being educated to resolve problems in the family, and thus do not receive the necessary tools and knowledge that will benefit their own children, the next generation? The logical conclusion is that such children will be ill prepared to become parents themselves, unless they receive good examples elsewhere; for example, through an education where they are taught how to be good parents, taught to understand what kids are like and how they should be treated.

Even the best of parents find it difficult to provide good examples for their children. At school, they find themselves in a ruthless society that threatens their personal safety; where the more powerful are more successful; and where, in the end, they are judged only by their grades.

They need to have better grades than their peers in order to be respected and appreciated. Those who are born with natural talents learn how to use those talents against others, according to the examples they see. The weaker ones use their cunning and politeness to compensate for their relative lack of talent.

For example, we are not educating people about how to be good spouses and how to maintain healthy, family life; otherwise, families will continue to fall apart. Such people are dangerously uninhibited because they did not receive the right examples. But in an integral society, a completely different law is in power. In an integral society, a person must give, must be integral, and our role in society as an educated person be aware of the interconnections that exist with everyone.

This is why we need to show everyone how these laws operate. We see that Nature, ecology, and everything else that happens in our integral, global world are pushing us to become partners.

However, we are not ready to meet this condition of mutual guarantee because we have yet to receive the education that will allow for it. This is the source of all our troubles.

As part of Integral Education, we can inculcate models of good connections that are taught at school, even at the kindergarten level.

For example, instead of sitting in rows of desks in front of a teacher, children will sit in a circle, communicating with each other and learning to understand one another. They will experiment with rising above their egos in order to connect and build a group. This will be similar to an elite unit or a sports team where everyone has to unite and understand each other in order to succeed; that is, attaining success only through their joint efforts and tight bonding.

We need to teach people how to be their own police officers. They need to know what is required of them in order to live successfully in an integral world. With practice according to what they learn, the correct actions will become a habit, a second nature. In mock trials, the children themselves will determine what was right and our role in society as an educated person was wrong by presenting all the arguments in the matter—first one way, and then another.

  1. Here too, children will learn that the whole world is connected, that everyone creates something for everyone else.
  2. Can it be that we are not raising children to be humane from the moment of birth?
  3. Those who are born with natural talents learn how to use those talents against others, according to the examples they see.
  4. Is it possible that they are not being educated to resolve problems in the family, and thus do not receive the necessary tools and knowledge that will benefit their own children, the next generation?

Education in the human sense of the word means that a child receives and experiences examples from real life situations. Integrally, this will be done through discussions, court hearings, and role-playing. There will be a judge, an advocate, a prosecutor, and a jury.

The entire process will be filmed, and the children will later watch the video and analyze their behaviors. With everyone participating in the discussion, along with role changes and scene re-enactments, the children will quickly discover how their views can change from those of just a few moments ago.

Also as part of Integral Education, the children will go on many outings to places like banks, hospitals, factories, plants, and even prisons. Through these outings, they will see how people work and what motivates them. These outings will also be analyzed regarding the purpose of such visits. Here too, children will learn that the whole world is connected, that everyone creates something for everyone else.

In this way, they will broaden their horizons. We will not fear sending our children to school or letting them venture out in the evenings. In an integral society, though, the benefit of everyone must come first, before individual, egoistic calculations.

How Education Can Transform Society

Yet, no significant effort is made to achieve that reformation, to turn law-breakers into good citizens. Thus, incarceration is really either a matter of punishment or a matter of public protection, depending on the situation.

  • Further, studies show that the majority of those who do time in prison eventually return, usually on similar charges;
  • In the process of training, he or she becomes a special individual, and this is how the training should be organized and conduced;
  • Thus, a prisoner who trains to become an integral educator is no longer an ordinary person.

Further, studies show that the majority of those who do time in prison eventually return, usually on similar charges. And, for far too many, prison becomes a way of life, despite disgraceful conditions and lack of dignity. This, then, begs the question: Is punishment in itself an acceptable justification for incarceration, or is society obligated to provide a means by which inmates can become corrected human beings according to the laws of an integral society?

What is the correct role of prisons? In the remote past, there were countries for which jailing was never implemented because the citizens knew that it served no useful purpose. Instead, for example, if a person was caught stealing, then that person had to work in order to make payment for the offense. Each crime had its appropriate corrective punishment, but it was never incarceration. However, even this approach will not achieve the goal.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Children’s Education

This is why prisons must become schools. During their free time, inmates must be educated; they must learn psychology and history; and most importantly, they must learn what it means to be a human being. Though Integral Education, they will begin to see how our world is interconnected; they will learn the nature of the connections that exist among everyone. Precisely because inmates are under the care and authority of the prison, they must be taken through an intensive educational program, one that is designed for successful reentry into our global, interconnected and interdependent world.

Therefore, the rehabilitation framework must change drastically. In this new framework, for example, inmates will be divided into groups of with a lead psychologist assigned to work with them and organize them.

They will watch lectures and engage in mutual discussions on such topics as: Every inmate needs to become a good psychologist, one who understands him or herself and can see the world from different angles.

Once released, an inmate who received such training can become an Integral Education Youth Instructor, because he or she has experienced the negative path and has been reformed in prison.

Once out of our role in society as an educated person, such a person becomes an asset to society because of the acquired ability to deeply sympathize with both ways of life. This makes for a very special person, one who is now a very positive and beneficial element in society. Thus, a prisoner who trains to become an integral educator is no longer an ordinary person.

  1. Therefore, this is a very important area where they should and must play a more proactive role. On the other hand, the institutions charged with educating our children neglect core values and instead, wrongly focus on grades and tests.
  2. Hence educated people will also have to take a leave to provide an alternative model of development and also to promote policies which ensure peace and avoid wars.
  3. This is the source of all our troubles.

In the process of training, he or she becomes a special individual, and this is how the training should be organized and conduced. Successful completion of the training is the primary condition for prison release.

Once released, the inmate will pass on to others what he or she learned, serving as good examples of the integral method. Graduates will join the staff of juvenile delinquency facilities, where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate over the next six months whether or not they can educate the delinquents, change them, and set them straight.

In summary, while in jail, each inmate will take mandatory training in Integral Education. In fact, such training is not just for prison inmates; everyone must eventually go through this training. Otherwise, without this training, it will be impossible to correct any of the crises we are currently experiencing in education, in economy, or in families. Like never before, we are experiencing a psychological crisis and a crisis in health, with a startling increase in drug abuse, depression, and despair.

As long as we fail to break the egoistic interests that profit from these global, social crises, we will not see an end to them. The criteria for youths and adults, men and women, are all the same. Whatever crime is committed, the offender needs only to feel, understand, and see him or herself as an integral and interdependent part of the environment. This is the foundation from which an inmate continues to grow.

All of us are to blame for what is happening in the world. We are living in an integral world that is now presenting itself as round, without beginning or end.

So, there is no one in particular to blame. All the negative phenomena we now observe in human society are caused by everyone. Therefore, we must all achieve the nature of a uniform, integral society; we must all begin to relate differently to ourselves, to others, and to Nature—which created us, and everything else as well.

Written by Michael Laitman Michael Laitman is a global thinker dedicated to generating a transformational shift in society through a new global education, which he views as the key to solving the most pressing issues of our time.