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?
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.
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.