The Purpose of Education
The purpose of education should be to make decent human beings who are unafraid of chasing their dreams, wherever it may lead them. Course content and subject areas should be left entirely to the choices of the students. We need to stop thinking there is a knowledge children ought to have and dignify their own interests as human beings. Schools should be more about learning to work together and use what you know to solve real-life problems that children and adults have to face. Focusing on teaching children to work together effectively and productively both towards completing a task and with interpersonal relations while analysing their own beings in a constant search for authenticity.
If we keep education compulsory at all, it should be to help children evolve however and wherever they can. Explore their worlds, their friendships, themselves in an effort to find real-world patterns and purpose instead of learning facts arbitrarily assigned to them by the State. A population that knows all the same things is not strong enough to survive in times of crisis. It is more important to diversify the knowledge sets of individuals while keeping them interested in expanding their capacity for learning by allowing them to follow their own pursuits.
Educators themselves should emphasize how individual students can expand their interests by exploring how their interests overlap with other students and how, through their varied strengths and weaknesses, they can combine forces to explore an infinite amount of aspects in any topic they choose with whatever tools they have at their disposal.
Another important idea children should learn is how their communities contribute to learning resources by providing opportunities for applying their theories and understanding of the world to real-world current events in their lives. They should even be able to take apprenticeships with experts in the community and expand them in the classroom. This would help to build an understanding in the strengths and weaknesses of communities and how communities can, in turn, work together to accomplish even greater achievements.
Balance public and private learning, combine and allot resources, explore the micro and the macro, business and pleasure, science and art. This is the way we find the world and our place within it. When we are encouraged to explore our own interests, we are most likely to succeed, innovate and make lasting improvements that we can readily see in our connections to others and through the marks we leave in our communities.
I would like to see a world that is driven more from what is inside the hearts of its people than what can be dug from out of the ground. Unless it’s vegetables.
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