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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Education

I’ll try to keep this as concise as I can.

As I’ve gone through my first two years of college, my perspective on education and the purpose of schooling has radically shifted. I went through high school just focused on getting grades, and I would get an A with the least amount of work possible, even if it meant sacrificing understanding. 

Now in college, though I am forced to work much harder, I am also studying things of interest to me. This has become a two-fold benefit where I am truly understanding the lessons professors have for me and actually enjoy classes (for the most part). The discussions have become engaging and school has become a place to learn, not perform. I have come to understand that GPA is a reflection of work ethic and understanding the system, not intelligence or depth of learning. 

My late realization has put me in an awkward situation. I am studying business, but in the end I am still searching for what I am truly passionate about and the career I want to pursue. Education has given me some insights, but I am still in the early stages of working all this out. But questions like these don’t highlight the true purpose of education.

I believe that education, aside from a way to develop our thinking, gain knowledge and wisdom, and improve our hard skills, is a way we learn about ourselves. Through readings, lectures and assignments, I have to come gain more and more understanding about myself, the world, and my role within society.

In the end, education is the key to finding answers to the question why and it has helped me to find purpose, a meaning to all the things I do. Through this, I find my values, my future goals, role in society and my ability to connect in a human way. I guess you could say the purpose of education is to help people to understand themselves, and everything else will follow.

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The Purpose of Education

To me, the main purpose of education is all about decisions and people’s ability to act on them. 

At the individual level, I think it is the responsibility of an education system to develop in people the capacity to make informed decisions about their lives and pursue their goals.

At the societal level, the purpose of education is the sustainability of society: economically, culturally, and politically. This doesn’t mean oppressive socialization, but more the development of citizens that can participate in and contribute to broader society.

This is my most basic vision, at the least. It’s sort of cliche, I know, but I think what’s distinctive about it is that I try not to state these in the imperative. I don’t think it’s education’s purpose to produce people who change the world. I don’t think it’s education’s purpose to make people who produce innovations. Moreover, I don’t think it’s the role of education to make people who DO anything. 

I think the most important part of education, at it’s core, is the development of a citizenry that CAN do anything. The job of schools shouldn’t be to make kids go out and change the world. But were a kid to decide that the world needed changing, education should have provided them the means to pursue that better world. This, I believe, is the essence of education.

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What went wrong ?

Education…

I would like to consider education as a food which needs proper intake and digestion. The method of education in India has changed drastically. Initially we used to have this Gurukul method of teaching where the pupils were taught the basic skills and then the master would recognize the skill set of the pupil and let him pursue that career. There was an open discussion atmosphere in the classroom and because of that the questions of the pupils  would educated them instead of sequential feeding of knowledge. Observation was very important because that made the students more active and practical. Later on Thomas Babington Macaulay introduced the convent system. That was the of Gurukul system. Students were forced to adapt to culture which they had not seen, it was a struggle. It completely erased the study of Sanskrit as a primary language. Most of them were uneducated in terms of Convent System. They remained as farmers toiling in sun for a living. Rich people were able to put their kids into such convents as the family did not depend on them for a living. This system of education gradually affected the lifestyle of people. After the Independence it was a war between the educated and uneducated.

Then began the stubborness to acquire the convent education. People would force there kids to go to a convent to learn English. This was specially implemented in Tamil Nadu. They were the best in Mathematics. Then the method of “Memorizing” came into existence. Problem was that the Sanskrit mantras were supposed to be memorized as most of them didn’t get the strong foundation in Sanskrit. This method became so significant that they concluded ” Success lies the method of memorizing”. Eventually every kid was forced to memorize. May it be Social Science, General Science or any subject for that matter. The objective of education was to reproduce the content of a textbook or reference book. How far would the students go to achieve that ? i.e to reproduce the exact content as published in a book. This method gave a confidence to the parents and ever since they inculcate their kids into it.

The present day education relies on model question papers, question bank, frequently asked question etc etc. But education is a tool which can be used in any way. A tool never comes with a manual but a machine does. Students are supposed to become a tool rather they are becoming machines. They do not focus or care to know what they are studying instead they want to replicate it as perfectly as possible. This has to change.

How will it change ? A student has to understand that education is not just limited to certificates and exams. Let us consider a TV Show called Breaking Bad. There is student called Jessie Pinkman, apparently he fails to fare well in school so he drops out. After few incidents he and his chemistry teacher end up in some task. At a particular situation the students suggests “Magnet” as a solution. What it proves is that a science maestro may not have solution to all the problems but education does. Do not judge a pupil based on his certificate or marks. And similarly a student should no judge education based on the content in book. Another reference is Professor Artz from LOST. He knows to handle a Dynamite. It helps in situations. 

I would like to pass this message to all the students. Do not swallow the education for it may result in indigestion during your journey of life. Instead chew it well and digest it. It keeps you strong and healthy. Your journey becomes easier.

Thank You.

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To me the purpose of education is to help people grow and expand their knowledge.  I strongly believe that education should help people find their passion in life, because to me, passion = happiness.  Education should also educate people to think positively.  

For example, there are two twins, one twin has positive thoughts and the other doesn’t.  One day, something tragic happens in their lives.  The one with the positive outlook takes this experience and overcomes it more quickly than the other and perhaps helping others along the way.  The amount of pain the positive twin inflicts on herself through her thoughts is at a much of a lesser degree than the twin without a healthy positive outlook.  The other twin that doesn’t have healthy thoughts will take longer in overcoming the same situation because the pain this twin inflicts on herself is a lot greater than the other twin, or maybe this twin may never overcome the negative situation.  This is all due to the thoughts one creates in their mind.

So guiding and teaching healthy thought, to me, is very important.

As a student, I believe that the most important thing that my education needs to provide me with is the ability to learn in different ways and interact with the world. It is truly important to me that I am able to reflect on what I have done and point out my own successes and failures. Essentially I need become independent.

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What should be the Purpose of Education?

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I don’t consider it a coincidence, Simply enough you send the message to the universe and you get it back. I was talking about a similar issue this afternoon with a colleague.

To begin with I like to make it clear that the education is nothing but what makes the education, “Us People” and to go even further the tools and and and the instruments that turn that theory into practice is again nothing but “Us People”. Sad enough to say that we teachers are the most powerful instruments among others.

If as a teacher I recognize my role in the system and really dedicate my self to what I have taken a my career then my fellow colleague feel the same, the chain effect will goes on showing the result. What are the things that I should dedicate myself to? Well to understand this you need to look back and see if you really are made or born as they say to be teacher.

It is not that I simply go to my class grab a lesson plan and finish my teaching assigning homework happily leave the class. Wrong, and when I say wrong I mean it with a capital W.

This is what most of the so-called teachers do and the result is not hard to imagine, students hating teachers, education, and teachers hating teaching and education, and they don’t realize that what they hate is the result of what they have made.

I can’t show how much this quote by Haim Ginott turn my view tremendously and I always have it at the back of my mind

I have come to a frightening conclusion  that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a person’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a person humanized or de-humanized.

When I understand that I am in the class not only to cover some pages and teach , but also to have a great and positive effect on my students to push them an inch forward in the direction of humanity and growth, when I understand that the most important thing I, as a teacher, should do is to teach my students the precious values of life and behavior. what am I doing? isn’t it a great leap into a better education? Isn’t it the purpose of education? Are we aware of that? do we consider ourselves a powerful instrument that can shape the future?

A mother once asked Gandhi to get her son to stop eating sugar. Gandhi told the child to come back in two weeks. Two weeks later the mother brought the child before Gandhi. Gandhi said to the boy, ” Stop eating sugar.” Puzzled, the woman replied, ” Thank you, but I must ask why you didn’t tell him that two weeks ago.” Gandhi replied, ” Two weeks ago I was eating sugar.”

I said that because I believe the majority of teachers are not aware of what their purpose is in the system of education. When I take one step forward to understand myself, my goal in teaching, and how powerful and effective I can be in the system of education, apart from numerous problems we have regarding finance. then we can understand the purpose of education and transfer it to people sitting in front of us.    

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. 

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We at The 524 Project believe that the purpose of education is to generate. To generate new ideas, to generate new narratives, to generate new leaders for the world of tomorrow. Education is like the soil from which sprout little tendrils of knowledge, young and delicate shoots of developing worldviews. The more fertile we can make this soil, the stronger the shoots will be—but if we drain the soil of its nutrients the new ideas will wither and die.

It is our role as educators and artists—strong trees with solid roots—to keep the soil rich despite all those who would wish to suck it dry. Though it is not easy to do so, we are much stronger together than we are apart! 

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Goals of Education

I believe the ultimate goals of education are to transform children into fully functioning members of society and to allow them to thrive in an uncertain future. Education should therefore serve four basic purposes. Education should provide students with the ability to analyse information and think critically, with the tools to be a self-learner, with the intrinsic motivation for knowledge acquisition, and with the disposition for cooperation and empathy.

First, to me, critical thinking requires literacy, numeracy and philosophy. The ability to understand written and spoken language; to understand numbers and interpret statistics; and the ability to see both sides of an argument and to entertain ideas without necessarily accepting them are absolutely foundational to an enlightened citizenry.

Second, true autonomy necessarily includes the ability to independently verify and gather facts and knowledge. In addition, one cannot be a critical thinker if one is unmotivated or unable to explore concepts, ideas and existing knowledge for themselves. One’s ability to think and analyse is only as productive as their knowledge is complete and well-rounded.

Finally, as important as it is to think critically and have autonomy over and desire for one’s own learning, we must work together and connect with others. Inevitably, in complex societies in complex countries as part of a complex world, there are things we cannot do by ourselves and for that, we need other people. However, to cooperate and co-exist with others, we need not only the capacity for knowledge and rational thinking, but also the capacity for emotional thinking.

 

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What's the true purpose of school?

Easy.

The purpose of education is to prepare students for the real world. Now, it does this in many, many ways, but I’ll list the most important ones. It readies you

1) Academically. This one should really be a no-brainer, huh? Learning stuff is very important, indeed—however, the way in which you learn is even more important. Besides, most of the shit you learn in high school is useless anyway: when would you need to apply statistics or environmental science? Well, unless you’re majoring in those niche, small majors, then no, you cannot apply them. Anyway, it’s the how that really matters—how do you study? Do you cram the night before? Are you a diligent child and study over the course of the week [before a test]? It’s these working habits that carry on to higher education, to college, and eventually to the real world. And no, it’s not the material themselves from environmental science that will help you in real life—Yeah, try bringing random soil and dirt facts in the work room, and people would just think you’re a rambling dumbass. So all in all, it’s how you organize, plan and above them, work.

2) Socially. Most people, if not all, overlook this key aspect. I can’t emphasize this enough—the real world demands communication and cooperation. I don’t care if you’re a computer science major, working away at those computers and keeping to yourselves—eventually, you’re going to have to talk to your manager, discuss future plans with co-workers and so forth. If you’re a social monster in the crazy time that is high school, then good job. Chances are you’ll be very successful. 

3) Mentally. This one’s pretty big too, if not bigger than the other two combined. Listen, you need to find yourself—who are you? And what the hell are you even doing? But above all, why? If you truly know yourself as a person, then you can easily answer these questions. By the end of college, you’re suppose to have known yourself, inside and out, a very defined individual. The mind is a fragile device, so make sure you gear it in the right direction. 

In sum, you have to know how to work correctly and how to socialize with people. If you have all of these qualities, then you’re already well off. If you don’t, work towards them—I’m getting there myself. Good luck!

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//The Purpose of Education//

A senior at the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville NJ, discusses the question, “what is the purpose of education?” Her response is both insightful and elegant. 

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The purpose of education should be to make an attempt at encompassing the knowledge of the world, no, the universe, in an interactive manner. Why sit for God knows how many years in a filthy non-creative and utterly uninspiring room, when we can accomplish so so so much more with our lives from the very beginning. I’m talking travelling, meeting new people, new cultures, observing and absorbing everything around you with all your senses. Nowadays the world is a chaotic place not because it’s just the way things work. People aren’t angry, sad, poor, and miserable because they want to. Due to the horrible close-minded educating system no one ever gets the chance to experience what it’s really like to be inspired by life- not bored to death from it. We sit in those classrooms all throughout school and college, being taught what is thought to be necessary. But how do you expect us to leap from this void after “the school experience” ends?? It’s not an accident that so many people live dull lives- that’s what they’ve been taught to do in school. They don’t know how to live, no rules, no one to guide you. It’s a known fact, that we never stop learning, but how does that matter when we haven’t even really started living yet? 

My take on the purpose of education

Alright, let me just qualify: I’m a first year music education major, so I’m not an expert in this field, but defining the purpose of education (personally) is something that I feel very strongly about.

As a singular definition: "The Purpose of Education should be to prepare students of any age to succeed in their areas of interest, as well as live successful lives as citizens." This of course has many areas of discussion, but alone, I believe this statement makes for a decent framework. In order to effectively elaborate on my philosophy, I’ll be looking at the how, the what, and the why.

Naturally, the biggest question we face here is just HOW to go about preparing students. Well, this is where the ever-important role of the teacher comes into play. It is a teachers responsibility to ensure that s/he is presenting the necessary material for success, in whatever ways are necessary so that each and every student has the best opportunity to learn. The target should always be learning, and it is the teachers duty and function to allow for each student to learn at their highest capacity. If the teacher gives the same lesson in three or four different ways, truly engages the class, and does a legitimately good job of teaching, it’s up to the students after that point. The adage I typically follow, “If they didn’t learn it, you didn’t teach it,” is being excepted in this situation. 

More importantly, we must look at WHAT is necessary in order for the students to succeed. Students of any age need to be at a base level of understanding for their school work and classes, and at a reasonable level of understanding of how the world around them (both immediately and much less centrally) functions. Much of the actual material will be pre-determined by a district’s curriculum mandates, but it is up to the teacher to find any supplementary material to really make the concepts stick. For example, if it is in the high school’s history curriculum for the students to know about the civil war, then all the teacher has to do is teach kids about the civil war. However, a good teacher may include the social relativity to today, cultural contexts relating to African Americans/ Slaves, and maybe the Emancipation Proclamation! Looking through the eyes of a teacher, there is always more to teach than what you’ve planned to teach. While there may never be a perfect lesson, it is our responsibility to strive to complete one. In addition to mere course work (I say “mere” because there’s a lot more to school), a certain level of proficiency as a human should also be fostered in schools. I don’t necessarily believe this needs to be taught in one of those God awful “Life Skills” classes, but every teacher should serve as a good example for every student at every moment. If in the course of a lecture, an opportunity for a good life lesson arises (and doesn’t cut into the time too terribly much), the teacher may present this to the class.

 

The pinnacle of my argument lays in WHY teachers should be adhering to the principles of preparing students adequately. We wants students to succeed. That’s the basic, fundamental concept behind every teacher’s philosophy. In order for students to succeed in any area, the student must first be capable in general. More than anything, this means the student should be able to find resources to improve beyond what they learn in school, and the teacher should facilitate the finding of these, and any advance concepts the student has questions about.

A brief personal story: I’ve been deeply involved in music since I was a sophomore in high school, but my school was too small to really take any kind of charge towards success. So, through my music teacher, I was able to find resources to better help myself, learn new things, and ask my teacher questions if any were to arise. Because my teacher themselves weren’t skilled in my area (I play brass, and my teacher is a saxophonist by trade), he couldn’t help, but he was able to provide useful aids in his stead, and then answer any general questions I had. I feel like this was an example of a teacher exemplifying one of the concepts of the true Purpose of Education.

A teacher should understand the Purpose of Education and how it applies to him/her individually, and also how s/he can apply it even more in his/her teaching.

So in response to the originally posed question, “What should be the Purpose of Education?” I restate my philosophy, in saying the Purpose of Education should be to prepare students of any age to succeed in their fields of interest, as well as live successful lives as citizens.”

 

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I believe the purpose of education should be to help people understand and explore their world, their environment, and their possibilities as people. Sadly it seems that education in the United States is more and more focused on getting a good job, and while that is certainly an important part of life, there is more to life.

Education should be, especially when one is young, about finding out what is out in the world and finding out what interests oneself. Then, as education furthers, the main focus should be on those things based on individual interests, going deeper into things. Education should provide a person with a base knowledge for life, not just a possible career.

I think education should teach students to love learning after graduate. There are so many people stop learning due to the degree they have gained. We know that life is not only in the school age but there are million miles or road that we have to walk through life. Thanks what I can share!

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