#Change11 What is the purpose and task of education?

What is the purpose of education?

“Our primary aim is to encourage each Etonian to be a self-confident, inquiring, tolerant, positive young man, a well-rounded character with an independent mind, an individual who respects the differences of others.   By the time he leaves the school, we want each boy to have that true sense of self-worth which will enable him to stand up for himself and for a purpose greater than himself, and, in doing so, to be of value to society.”

What is the task of education?

In this Knowledge Building paper, the fundamental task of education is to enculturate youth into the knowledge-creating civilization and to help them find a place in it.

How often did we hear that learners were just passive participants looking for information, and not contributing to the class community or network?

Could we treat learners as members of a knowledge building community?

What are the purposes of education?  Here Dave Cormier says:

Education, it seems, is the method by which we attempt to make the world come out the way we want it to. It is about using our power to shape and control the world to come so that it comes into line with our own hopes and dreams. In any way we move it, even towards chaos and anarchy, we are still using our power to shape and control the future.

There are others who also share their purpose of education, see here, and here.

In the decades ahead, we will be facing lots of challenges, anxieties, and changes, in education.

This requires deeper reflection on what education means to each of us, and how it could better serve us and our next generation in the future.

I will continue to explore artifacts about the purpose of education.

 

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11 thoughts on “#Change11 What is the purpose and task of education?

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  2. Your post reminded me that I should review Horace Mann, who is credited with leading the development of the education system in Massachusetts that paved the way for the K-12 education in the US. He thought it was to manage our unruly children and make them into productive citizens. Seems to me that is also somewhat related to the Jeffersonian idea of enlightened citizenship. Both had the notion that government was responsible for education. If you can get your hands on a copy of The Imperfect Panacea: American Faith in Education by Perkinson, it has an interesting historical perspective on the purpose of education in the US.

    I also just noticed that it is snowing on you blog :).

    Tai

  3. Interesting survey – to my mind education is fundamental, not so much as Dave Cormier says in, “using our power to shape and control the world to come so that it comes into line with our own hopes and dreams” but more in creating a climate of opinion in which this can be done on a rational basis. For example, it may be the hope and dream of the polluters of this planet to continue their unsustainable use of the world’s resources at the expense of others, and ultimately their own descendants, but this is scarcely rational. Good education and the critical thinking that goes with it is essential in facing up to the challenges of the future, hopefully avoiding the “chaos and anarchy”.
    Gordon Lockhart

  4. @Tai Thanks for your precious sharing. “To manage unruly children and make them into productive citizen may be quite a challenging mission, both for the educators, administrators and governors (and the government too). Is government responsible for education? Yes, each government has to develop education vision and mission in views of their citizens needs and expectations. The globalization movement has challenged all governments to consider how they could help. support and develop their citizen through education, so they could become more innovative, creative and productive at work (with technology), and be able to have a “true sense of self-worth which will enable them to stand up for themselves and for a purpose greater than himself, and, in doing so, to be of value to society”. Would this also be of interest?

    http://www.funderstanding.com/v2/featured/education3-0-and-the-five-human-dimensions/

    I will explore The Imperfect Panacea and share.
    John

  5. Hi Gordon,
    “Creating a climate of opinion in which this can be done on a rational basis…Good education and the critical thinking that goes with it is essential in facing up to the challenges of the future, hopefully avoiding the “chaos and anarchy”.” That’s resonating to me. Education involves conversation among its community members, networks, and an understanding and sharing of the core values of ourselves, others and the community, so as to create a better future. It is no longer bound by the four walls, the traditional hierarchy, or a rigid knowledge framework. It is live and evolving, and should re-vitalize our passion, like the re-kindle of fires…
    Thanks for your wonderful insights.
    John

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