There are Eight Articles of education. The Great Learning of Confucius discusses the Three Principles and Eight Articles. The Three Principles are to "illustrate the bright virtue, renew the people, and rest in the highest goodness." The Eight Articles are to "get rid of desires, extend knowledge, make the thoughts proper, rectify the mind, cultivate oneself, regulate the family, govern the country, and bring peace to the world." This is a complete set of methods for being a person, managing a family and ruling a country. If we can educate the next generation of the world by teaching all students to learn the Three Principles and Eight Articles and put them into practice, then they won't forget what's vital and chase after unimportant things.
The typical education nowadays only teaches students how to get a high position and make a lot of money after they graduate, how to become famous, and how to be number one in the world. Instead of teaching them the basic requirements for being a person, we teach them to contend for fame and profit. This is known as renouncing the root to chase after branches, and going against the Way. To do things against the Way is a great mistake. Therefore, teachers should serve as good role models, and pay attention to students' integrity and wisdom. Open up the source of wisdom for them, and help them uncover their inherent wisdom. Be patient in educating them, for this is an extremely important responsibility. If you can teach every student to cherish his body, his family, and his country, then even if you aren't seeking world peace, the world will become peaceful. Why? People will not make trouble for themselves or for others. They won't do irrational things at home and they will be good law-abiding citizens in the community. In the society they will influence people to honor and cherish one another, and not cheat or lie to one another.
I believe that this is extremely crucial. However, most people have ignored this fundamental issue, and run off to pursue superficial matters. Running here and there, they get farther and farther from the basic human obligations. Today, I have spoken these inexperienced and unknowledgeable words to tell everyone a very simple principle. You may say it is as tasteless as cabbage boiled in plain water. Although there's not much flavor, if you eat the cabbage and drink the soup, it can neutralize a lot of toxic energy.