Purpose of Education
What is the purpose of education? Is education about preparing students for a specific career or is it about teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently? There have been several goals of education over the years. Some included preparing children for citizenship, to prepare for the skilled workforce, to teach literacy, to help students become critical thinkers and to help students compete in a global marketplace. I believe that for the 21st century , the purpose of education is to prepare children to compete in the global environment.
According to Daniel Pink, an author of A Whole New Mind, he states that as a society, we went from the “ Knowledge Age” and are now in a “ Conceptual Age” where our problems no longer have a single answer. Success in the knowledge age was mainly determined by a “SAT” score- a series of tests that require logic and analysis to identify a single correct answer. This does not meet the needs of the conceptual age-which requires creativity, innovation and design skills. Mr. Pink states that today, a successful member of society must be valued for their unique contributions and their ability to think creatively, take initiative and incorporate a global perspective into their decisions. I agree, that education is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits have changed from one generation to the next. To be successful in todays society one must be “different” or “unique” and incorporate a global perspective in their decisions. One must learn the basics of education and school to advance within society.
For years the main purpose of education has been to transfer knowledge and prepare students to participate in todays society. From an early age, we have been told that education is the key to one’s success in life. Education is now available to all children, this allows everyone an equal opportunity to succeed in life. I believe that for the 21st century , the purpose of education is to prepare children to compete in the global environment.
“Traditionally, schools taught the three R’s: reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. Literacy was captured in international census data by estimating who could read and write. As computers became essential in the workplace and slowly made there way into schools, computer literacy joined the curriculum (Murray).” People eventually realized that computers might be useful for getting information. Education was more then vocabulary and awareness but interpretation and evaluation.
Within todays society we have the development of technology. This now allows us to face a world in where information is available at the tip of your fingers. This is a different style to educators because of the rapid growth of technology. Many are moving toward a new way in which students are to be more willing participants in the learning process. This would promote deeper analysis of students into...