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Purposes of Education Essay

purposes of education essay

Example #1

The delicate tools necessary for our intellectual workshop are achieved by schooling. I suspect that our best tools are realized rather automatically, but if there is to be outside influence, then, best it is done early, as the human mind matures all too rapidly.

Children are not consumed with anxiety to learn anything; at least of all has it ever crossed their minds that they must learn English. How shall we teach it to them, when the few of us who have begun to know what it knows it to be an issue of accommodations, a thing with which order, method, and all that the developing mind first apprehends and rests upon have nothing to do with a single word. A kind of miraculous flowering of man’s still unconscious wisdom, preserved to us as compensation for our many blunderings, as a reward for our patience in confusion and our fundamental faith in life.

Education might be defined as a social process by which, skills and beliefs, attitudes and ideas of the previous generations are passed to the new generation; it is a process, which is necessary for the maintenance, achievement, and development of man in society.

The Gerstner States, “in the public schools we have clung tenaciously to the ideas and techniques of earlier decades and even previous centuries,” proving that each generation depends on the preceding generation. This definition assumes a biological view of society, one that grows and evolves with each new generation depending on the growth of previous generations.

We all come into this world uniform, and, from the start, we are obliged to turn to others; and while we need a lot of help when we are young, nature has compensated by building into the young a susceptibility to learning. So, no matter what one’s view is of what an educational system should be, most will agree, best to start in while young. What is the first lesson to be? What each individual needs to know is the difference between what is naturally right and what is naturally wrong. The second lesson to be learned, is, that the individual is better off doing what is naturally right.

How does one teach morals? This is an old dilemma, the teaching of virtue. It is a dilemma largely because virtue is immeasurable. Virtue is instilled likely by repeated actions, a process of trial and error, beginning at the mother’s knee and to be continued by all those with whom the child has close connections, and this would certainly include the child’s teachers.

It takes a “good” teacher, one full of great skills and a glow for the presentation of the subject; it is particularly difficult when the subject is morals or virtue. We, adults and children alike, find ourselves in a vast market where the “Culture Standardizers” provide immediate and sensual gratification to all comers.

The question before us is, what is the importance of education? One goal, as Spring states in his book American Education, is to produce reasonable citizens, ones that commonly hold a political creed or else society is doomed to political strife or chaos?

Education should be an essential method of building humane, free, and democratic societies. The aims of education are many: the transmission of knowledge; training for occupations, careers, and democratic citizenship; and the encouragement of moral growth. Dewey states, “the subject matter of education consists of bodies of information and of skills that have been worked out in the past; therefore, the chief business of the school is to transmit them to the next generation.” Among its vital purposes should also be an attempt to develop the capacity for critical intelligence in both the individual and the community.

Unfortunately, the schools today are being increasingly replaced by the mass media as the primary institutions of public information and education. Although electronic media provide unparalleled opportunities for extending cultural enrichment and enjoyment, there has been a serious misdirection of their purposes.

In some societies, the media serve as the vehicle of propaganda and indoctrination. In democratic society television, radio, films, and mass publishing too often cater to the lowest common denominator and have become dull wastelands. We need to believe that television directors and producers have an obligation to remedy the balance and revise their programming.

The essential answer to any question usually comes out of its definition. Considering the definition set out at the first of this section, then, we might say that essentially that education is a socialization process. Is this best achieved by public education? By private education? , Or by a combination of both, with one being favored over the other?

Public Education:

What are the arguments for putting education into public hands? If not the impossible goal that everyone should be educated, then, at least, the goal of equal educational opportunity for all, or, another way of putting it, to make education readily available to all. As stated by Spring, ?all people are given an equal chance to receive an education or, in other words, equality of educational opportunity?

The assumption has been that if the state does not make “free” education readily available, many of our young will not be educated, an assumption that may not hold up in these modern times. A further assumption is that with “free” public education that our children will be educated, an assumption that is not being born out by the statistics. Parents, at least those who possess a sense of parental responsibility, would like to see that their children get the educational basics, whatever they may be. If children were to get more than just the basics would depend on whether the parents had the time, the money, and the interest, interest being the most important commodity.

Do Berliner and Biddle say? Students who care more for their fellow citizens and their social and physical environment should ultimately produce a higher standard of living for us all than one obtained by educating only the advantaged members of society to score high on all the tests that accompany the new standards.? Having a lack of interest in education, parent or student, but more the student is the single greatest prohibition to our educational standards.

What other reasons might be stated in support of public education might be stated as follows: to ensure that the education of our young takes place in an atmosphere which is conducive to learning; that only the best teachers be employed in the education of our young; and to see that education takes place in safe surroundings.

Anyone might agree, in respect to our young, that these are necessary goals for any educational system; the question is which system comes the closest to meeting these goals? Is it a public school system? Assuming for the moment, that it is only a public school system, which provides a mechanism for all to have input (school boards have only recently become elected bodies), do people reward themselves of such a mechanism?

The fact of the matter is that almost all of us, including parents, have handed off our individual responsibilities to make decisions in regards to education. We as humans feel the need for our responsibilities, Rogers states, ?personal freedom and responsibility have a crucial significance, that one cannot live a complete life without such personal freedom and responsibility.?

Are we to just stand by and let someone else assume our responsibility? The public does not run the public school system; bureaucrats who are continually trying to seek a consensus run it. That which is done in the public school system is done because it has been watered down to the lowest common denominator.

Does this description describe our education system here in West Virginia? I do not know, but the cost and, sadly, the results of our educational system could certainly be used to support the reform. The proof is in the product.


Example #2

Some People say that the world has many opportunities, some say that you can’t get anywhere unless you are born to a certain class of people. Some even say that it is pure fate that brings you where you are going to be and what you get is what you get and you can?t do anything about it.

I think that people decide their own fates and it doesn’t matter who was your parents or how much money you have. I think that your education is the most important thing that you can have in life it can bring you many things like; advancement, family, stability, a career, and of course knowledge.

In many countries, your job is already decided when you are born because of what your parent does for a living and their stature in society. That is many people say that the United States is the land of opportunity, you can do whatever you want with your life as long as you earn it and have the right qualifications. You can decide whether you want to continue after high school and education or get a minimum wage job.

Many people take that right for granted and they put off college until after they have a family and get settled without knowing that their family will take up the rest of their lives. People who are from other countries who move to take advantage of this right we take for granted understand the purpose of higher education.

Advancement is inevitable no matter what you do you will have to be going forward in some way. Whether your advancement is to a new position in your job or a whole new career, even if all you are doing is going to the next day you are advancing. I think that if you want to decide where you are going to advance you have to have a good education. If you don’t have a good education you are going to play life like that lottery, you may go to a better job where you get better money or you can get fired because they want someone with more education. You never know what can happen to you in the next week or even the next day.

Family is one of my biggest priorities in life besides my education. The future, that is how I look at the family. Either you can teach your kids about higher education by example or by your mistakes. You also need higher education for a family because you need to manage the bills and keep up books on your finances. If you have no education and a bad job you will never have your own home. You will not be able to provide for your children or yourself as well as you would if you had higher education.

A career is the goal of most people in the world, but sometimes I think that there are not enough available for all the people who want one, so if you want to get one you will have to work for it and prove yourself to be worthy of the job you desire. So that requires a higher education. With a career, you have all the things that I have mentioned available to you. You can even get your own business and be your own boss. You can save money and plan for retirement, you can start a college fund for your children so they can get higher education as well.

Knowledge is the key to the world. It is the factor between man and beast, between who you are and who you want to be. Knowledge is what having a higher education is all about. If you had all the knowledge in the world you would be undefeatable. No one could stand in your way. You need the knowledge to teach others how to become what they want to be, you can teach the next the generation who will take care of what you have worked your whole life for and if you have the knowledge you will teach them right and trust that they won’t destroy your dreams.

When people say that the world has many opportunities I think that they are correct. The world does have many opportunities, people just have to work for them. It is not fate that decides what you are going to be or where you are going. People decide their own fate and take advantage of the opportunities that they choose. I think that fate is just something that people who are lazy and want the world to come to them thought up.

They really had no plans on getting a higher education or actually working for what they wanted in life, so they thought up an idea to soothe their conscience in thinking that there was no problem with not working for what you need to achieve in life.

Or maybe fate is something that people with a lucky streak thought up because they had no other explanation for their fortune and they had to give it a label.

Stability is very important to many people, some people travel all around the country moving from house to house never knowing where they will live the following months. All because they keep losing their jobs to people who have gone on and achieved higher education.

To the employer, a person with higher education is more of an asset to the company and they are willing o sacrifice their current employees to obtain their services. So when you have a higher education the employer is less willing to sacrifice your services and you will be guaranteed a job for a long time.

With an ongoing job you will continue to learn the skills needed and you will continue to grow as an employee, thus creates stability.

Through higher education, you can achieve a lot of things such as, advancement, Family values, a successful career, and vast knowledge of the world around you to make you aware of the future and the things that will come to be. Even if you believe in fate you can say that if you don’t get a higher education you will have the fate of an unsuccessful person and be destined not to have the life you have always dreamed.

Anyone you ask that has experience with life will tell you the same words I have written knowledge is the key and the door is a happy successful life in the world of the educated.


Example #3

The world is run by those who are educated and successful. Education is the key to success in life. It is very important for everyone. The role of education is to prepare students for college, prepare for work, and help students how to socialize. It allows you to do things that you are not able to do without an education. The role of education is to prepare students for college. During four years of high school, students have many teachers, coaches, and role models.

The school helps students to learn and develop their skills from the teachers, or the outside environment through experience from their friends.

Thinking about college, there’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more. However, the role of education helps students learn a basic level to prepare for a higher level of demonstrated competence in mathematics, science, etc.

The quality of education offered to students through statewide and districtwide standards for academic subjects. The public education is to prepare young people to learn basic financial education. The public education is to prepare on how to conduct themselves in college In addition, the role of education is to prepare students for work.

The mission of education, as we all know, is to help prepare students for the future. An important element of that preparation involves the development of career skills. Students should be able to communicate ideas and thoughts through writing and speaking. Students learned how to organize something. It helps to get something done better. Students will learn math, science, etc. Those will help them prepare for work. Finally, Education helps students how to socialize. They will learn how to respect older people. Treating people with respect makes the world a much more pleasant place for everyone.

Be polite and good manners when you are a kid, practicing good manners is a way to be respectful of other people. These customs function as a way to keep society running smoothly. Education helps students know, care about, and act on core ethical values such as fairness, honesty, compassion, responsibility, and respect for others. Students will study and discuss core ethical values Education is important for everyone.

The role of education is to prepare students for college, prepare for work, and help students how to socialize. It helps you with better future, education is a positive tool. We need to create conditions for students to grow and develop.


Example #4 – Interesting Ideas

I think the purpose varies discretely as you age. Although education’s overall purpose is to prepare students for life, how this is accomplished varies significantly. For example, in elementary school, students are taught basic skills (math, reading, writing, socialization, etc.) As students age, the goal of education changes significantly. In high school and college, basic skills should be mastered; so educators focus on critical thinking and independent living skills.

This is done by challenging students to look at things in different ways. The goal is not to “program” students (or indoctrinate them) to a way of thinking. It is to get students to analyze the plus and minuses of each variable.

This is why you often hear high school and college teachers/professors say “Regardless of how you respond, make sure you back up your answer with evidence.”

Again, though, the overall goal of education is to prepare students for independent life after school. As one of my civics teachers once said, “My goal is to make you a good, law-abiding, independent, functioning member of society so you can pay for my retirement!”

The purpose of education is to control the thoughts, actions, and feelings of students. Hitler wanted to control the education system in Germany, Stalin did in Russia, and Mao Tse-Tung in China. You have to get a hold of the minds of the young where you break the person’s values and break their understanding of their individuality until they become a member of the collective. The NEA was founded by John D. Rockefeller who infamously said “I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers”.

The education system dumbs people down to the point that they will be a ‘good worker’ but unable to form an intelligent opinion of what is really going on around them. Most people’s entire perception of reality has been manipulated and controlled. Like lab rats, they’ve been conditioned to perceive the world in a way that is not a threat to their masters.

Proper education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

Learning is just like any exercise (like physical exercise) it requires practice and patience at a pace to fit the individual.

Learning from our own mistakes and even better learning the mistakes from others is a great way towards self-improvement and success. Education is the key way of learning from others of what works and/or what doesn’t work.

I would like to add though that a person with a large education is like a person with good eyesight or hearing or any other tool it is only as good as the application of it.

Used incorrectly or differently it can be inapt or a weapon.

If a person uses a word or acknowledges info, but doesn’t know what it really means they either get lucky and ‘clue in’ a solution or they pull away from the subject (most likely).

Intelligence comes from the person who knows what to do and having a good understanding as a team player in communication to occasionally slip-in a ‘grade up’ word or the needed info, not as a know-it-all, but to raise the bar by surrounding oneself with intellectual individuals.

A lot of times to get that dream job we have to step out of our comfort zone.

As human beings, we don’t like to admit that we don’t have all the answers, and it’s uncomfortable for most people to ask for help, especially from those outside their inner circle. Asking for assistance and advice is the heart of networking and the single most important thing a person looking for a new job should do.

Instead of focusing on your strengths … try strengthening your weaknesses; while you should focus on what things you do well; consider the fact that those aren’t the things that need work in your field of study.

Looking for a job is a full-time job. Spend the time necessary to know what really makes you happy. Figure out what you want to do and where you want to do it, and narrow your search to opportunities that fit into your realm. Don’t have interviews or networking meetings where you hope the other person can help you figure out what you want to do. The responsibility is yours; be targeted and specific about the jobs you want, the skills you have, and the companies for which you want to work. While most people might prefer to lock down a full-time job, these types of jobs are not in abundant supply right now.

Try expanding your search to something temporary or part-time. Managers don’t have as much time as they used to train and mentor new employees. The more experience you have, the more likely you are to hit the ground running without a lot of handholding. If you’re able to land a part-time gig in an area that interests you and in which you excel, you never know if it could lead to a full-time job.

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