TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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???

+3
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Sep 11 2013: Historically, in the USA, the purpose of schooling was to learn about God and about how to serve God properly. Today it is forbidden to mention the subject. Perhaps the proper purpose of Education lies in our history.
    • Sep 11 2013: :-)
      I come on peace. I was wondering if I might ask you a question......

      Is God separate from the children who are being taught?
      • thumb
        Sep 11 2013: No. All humans are made in the image of God. A supremely tragic event early in human history rendered the communication lines between Mankind and God non-functional. Restoration of that intimacy between Man and God is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. Good question Scott. Be well and continue in peace.
      • thumb
        Sep 11 2013: "Is God separate from the children who are being taught?"

        Yes, the children in the US public-education are being brain washed into the Darwin religion and that god is a myth.
      • Sep 11 2013: If it makes you feel better, the bible says we ate from the tree of knowledge and will learn everything, become as gods, immortal and all knowing.
        But it says nothing pro or con about evolution, yet you are evidently outraged by schools teaching what Darwin observed. Didn't god make creatures able to change as needed to survive? You see it every day. You do it.
        You eat fruit in summer, when it's there and eat roots like potatoes in winter, when you can't get fruit. You may even can fruit, adapting it for later use as jam. Get it?
        You wear coats in winter and cotton in summer. You adapt.
        Poor Darwin. All he did was look at animals on some islands, notice that their different sizes and shapes depended on what plants or nectars or seeds they ate and try to explain the differences. You are so mean to him.
        Change is reality. Birds understand it. They don't complain about having to go south for winter. They adapted long ago.
        The bible says we were cast out of a garden into the wilderness, a high price to pay for knowledge. Try to enjoy the benefits.
        We do not live by one interpretation of the bible. Read it for yourself instead of listening to someone (your priest or preacher) try to tell you what it says and you'll be amazed at the rules about thinking and belief that are NOT IN THERE.

        If you've started wearing sunscreen that's an Adaptation to less ozone. Animals don't have sunscreen. Ones that are too sensitive to sun go blind, die early, don't have as many young. The next generation is less sensitive to sun because the ones who had the most babies least hurt by sun exposure. That's evolution. It's not dangerous or fanatical or anti-religion. Like grass greening up in summer, it's just reality.
        Jesus said you can only come to god through him. Why? Was it so his teaching couldn't be expanded and twisted to attack new ideas like Darwin's?
        What do you think?
    • Sep 14 2013: There are many different interpretations, even within Christianity, on how to properly serve God. When the American public school (or common school) system was created, there was great debate over whether Protestant, Catholic, or no religious content should be included. So I'm curious as to how you believe it should be decided/ who should decide what is the "proper" way that all children should learn to serve God.
      • thumb
        Sep 14 2013: Research the founding principles of every Ivy League college. You will see my information is accurate. They were unanimous then that the Holy Bible is the only rule of life and faith. Modern religion has eroded into an all-encompassing, theological swamp which offers no guidance at all. As I suggested above, perhaps the purpose is to be found in our history. I believe, as they did then, that the Holy Bible defines the proper way to serve God.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.