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What is the purpose of education?: The most important question in the education revolution

It is recently trendy to say "its time for an education revolution". So before we get these lofty ideas about all the things wrong with the system and how to fix it, lets talk about what the purpose of education is. Once decided (will it ever be truly decided?) then, and only then, can we create a proper educational system.
So lets hear some options! Whats the purpose of education???


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    Sep 11 2013: In the late 19th century, most of Europe began to provide elementary education in reading, writing, and arithmetic, partly because politicians believed that education was needed for orderly political behavior. As more people became literate, they realized that most secondary education was only open to those who could afford it. Having created primary education, the major nations had to give further attention to secondary education by the time of World War 1.

    As secondary education became in vogue, students were schooled in the needs of the military and industry of the time. To some extent that remains true even today. When the mission statements are read you will find they say something about preparing the student for entry into the work place ... preparing the student for further studies ... finding their place in society ... etc ...

    Taken from Wikipedia: Presumably every generation, since the beginning of human existence, somehow passed on its stock of values, traditions, methods and skills to the next generation. The passing on of culture is also known as enculturation and the learning of social values and behaviours is socialization. The systematic provision of learning techniques to most children, such as literacy, has been a development of the last 150 or 200 years, or even last 50 years in some countries.

    If accepted then education is the passing of information from one generation to the next.

    The problem we face today is that education is no longer a cultural mandate ... In the US it has become a political tool. The Federal Government has usurped the powers once belonging to the states. The remaining powers in education once was given to the local school boards now belongs to the state. Left out of the equation are the educators and the parents. A pity. The Socialization of American Education is all but complete.

    Funding / grants all come from the Federal government ... and as we all know he who has the gold rules.

    I wish you well
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      Sep 18 2013: > If accepted then education is the passing of information from one generation to the next.

      1) It is passing of information from all preceding generations rather than from only one.
      2) Concept of "generation" is very abstract and it misses an important aspect, which is very significant for practical understanding of education: the de-facto hierarchy of means in this generation by ability to informationally influence on the people. Different concrete layouts of this hierarchy have different impacts on what behavioral information is passed through continuity of generations and what is blocked.

      Corresponding to that we can talk about conception of education or informational policy in society (or conception of selection of the information from the global culture -- if culture is understood as all information existing in society). This conception exists de-facto independent of whether anybody has designed it consciously (to execute particular conception of ruling) or it has been emerged spontaneously and unconsciously (and thus can be modeled by the sociologists to observe the trends and share or not share it with public).

      Corresponding to that we can talk about presence or absence of the informational sovereignty of people. This kind of sovereignty is available to the people only if they are educated in a sociology, that includes these aspects of informational safety. So the problem consists of two components:
      A) Develop a useful sociology that is able to grant informational safety and sovereignty to the people of the Earth
      B) Open possibilities for all people to learn this useful sociology

      You basically was focusing only on the second portion of this problem. Could you share your perspectives on the point A? Thank you.
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        Sep 18 2013: Andrei, I have had three other people read your reply .... we all think you have agreed with me but want to say it in another way. Is that right? Second ... Is Point A your A and B above not included in the original question?

        A) Develop a useful sociology that is able to grant informational safety and sovereignty to the people of the Earth

        Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions. It is a social science which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social actions, social structure and functions.. Why do I need to redefine that?

        Are you saying that we should not have American / British / Asian / Jewish / etc / cultures but instead have a Earth culture? Will not work.

        General Eisenhower upon seeing the Jewish death camps ordered movies, photos, and complete documentation and all German citizen for 100 miles to be made to tour the death camps. He said that future generations will deny that this ever happened and will have it removed from school text and history. He was right about those wishing to revise history and erase that event.

        I fear that revisionists would do the same to "world history"

        There is also the relationship to Archaeology. Archaeology has various goals, which range from studying human evolution to cultural evolution and understanding culture history.

        I am not so sure that only the educated can explore these areas ... how about genealogy and the family history that is incorporated in that family tree.

        Naw .. I will leave it as it is and have many small parts that comprise a whole .. each of those small parts have a significant role and importance and should be address and respected separately.

        What was this threat about again????

        Thanks for the reply. Bob.

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