The Art of War

Have you ever heard about the Art of War?  You could enjoy reading the whole e-book online.

I would recommend that this is a must watch for those who wish to “win” every war.  Though the strategies were referred mainly to the military operations, you might find a lot of interesting underpinning principles which are based on personal and group psychology.

Don’t take my words, as your doubts would surely cast the shadow on your  mind, when you reflect on why people lose both the battles and wars, without serious considerations of the tactics or strategies used in those war scenarios.

How would the art of war be applied in business?  Here Ed Newman  quotes:

“How do you break the enemy’s resistance without a messy fight? It is only with knowledge:

Sun Tzu said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but know not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.  If you know not the enemy or yourself, you will succumb in every battle””

How about the Art of War in Education?

In this Art of War post, David McLachlan explains:

“Sun Tzu believed that battles should ideally be won off the battlefield, before they even need to be fought. He outlined Five Fundamentals for strategic assessments to avoid the costly miscalculations that lead to war. These are: (1) The Way (moral influence), (2) Heaven (change), (3) Earth (terrain and resources), (4) Command (leadership), and (5) Discipline (logistics). He added:

Every commander is aware of these Five Fundamentals. He who grasps them wins; he who fails to grasp them loses (pp. 3 . 4).”

“The Way causes men to be of one mind with their rulers, to live or die with them, and never to waiver. Sun Tzu (p. 4)

The Way makes me truly realize that I’m entrusted with a great responsibility: preparing my students for their future. But do we share the same path? If my students do not agree with what is being taught, and how it is being taught, then my educational mission is pointless. (Diary excerpt)”

This could be challenging for educators and learners,  especially in an environment where each student may have different needs, learning styles and learning capability and experiences, and so there could be significant differences in between what is being taught, and how it is being taught, in the process of education.  May be it’s time to reflect more about the “way” education should be designed.

Using the strategies as proposed in the Art of War as a basis, I reckon we should ask our educators and learners to respond to these questions:

1. What is the purpose of education?

2. How would such purpose align with those of the educators and learners?

3. How to motivate our students in education and learning?

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