What Is The Purpose Of Education?


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Mark Westbrook answered
The purpose of education is to provide the building blocks for change. Whether that is intellectual, social, financial or whether it is simply a change of skill level, knowledge or attitude from one perspective to another. All education is a matter of change. Education is beneficial to all, however, the education must have a function and purpose beyond itself alone. We must also not confuse equity, the equal right to education with utility, the usefulness of the education!

Education can also be bad, it is possible to indoctrinate people tp believe bad things, for children to learn to shoot guns, for people to learn how to murder or harm.

The purpose of education should be to develop people through that process of change. Like any process of change, it should be challenging and difficult. It should be a little painful because that act of change, like any physical change takes time and effort to shape and complete.
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sylvia wamunyu
sylvia wamunyu commented
I personally think that this person has a great outlook on this subject ,so to speak it has struck me as a thought-provoked explanation and it is sagacious of he\she to put it down like this.
Oddman commented
We are all Children of the Most High. It isn't clear exactly what sort of change is expected of such a child. All we really need is a chance to enjoy the wonder of it all, and to make good on the reason why we're here. Need that be painful? I don't think so.
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Oddman answered
You have to differentiate between the purpose of education and the purpose of school. The latter (reference Ode Magazine, 10/2008) is
- to establish fixed habits of reaction to authority
- make children as alike as possible
- to determine each student's proper social role
- sort by role and train only as far as that role merits
- tag the unfit with poor grades (wash the dirt down the drain)
- teach a small elite how to run this system.

The purpose of education is mental, moral, and aesthetic development, the unfolding of each person's personal best.

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