American philosopher John Dewey’s statement is mostly agreeable to me, when he stated ‘Education is a social process’ I couldn’t agree more, because learning is part of human nature, people learn things each day both consciously and unconsciously. The way our society works today is all about social interactions, learning about one another to establish social relationships.
People are always learning new things, whether it’s learning something new about your friend or learning how to solve a problem. Humans are curious creatures, we fear the unknown, our greatest strength is also our biggest weakness, we’re always trying to learn and discover things that we don’t know, its just how humans are. We are always looking for ways to innovate and see the world around us differently, without the extraordinary ability to learn; perhaps the human species would have never made it this far along the evolutionary line.
Back in the stone ages, fire was seen as a terrifying thing to our ancestors, but as humans conquered their fear and learned to tame fire and use it to their advantages, they can do things and make thing that they couldn’t before. This proves Dewey’s second statement, ‘education is growth’, learning is growing and its not just about knowing more but also leaning to be a better person, to improve yourself and the people around you.
Education isn’t just the thing you learn in class, like math or science; learning can take place anywhere you want it to, as long as you are willing to learn. The knowledge you gain in a classroom means nothing if you don’t apply it to yourself and the outside world, to go out there and contribute to your community and try to be a better person, not for anyone else but you yourself.
The last point Dewey makes is ‘Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.’ this is a really powerful statement and I totally agree with it. Throughout my years in high school, my teachers always told me that education in school is...