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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 12 2013: First and foremost, to find out what students are naturally good at. It would involve an education system that takes its fundamental cues from the students themselves, even at primary school age, and then uses teacher skills as mentors to nurture and facilitate the strengthening of innate talent. This way, both students and teachers would rekindle a solid and lasting passion for what they do.

    It would mark something of a renaissance of the value of raw talent, which in turn would translate into quality of life, rather than slavery to acquisitiveness and materialism - which is what politicians want from us.

    Politicians meddling in education "from the top down" is just about the worst thing that could ever happen to an institution which is as important as the air we breathe. Take politicians out of the equation and education would improve overnight.
    • Sep 14 2013: I very much agree with you and would love to see a school where students are led to discover their individual passions and talents, rather than being discouraged from learning, but I fear that it is a blindly optimistic philosophy. This fear is grounded in that belief that, to some extent, children need to be guided to develop skills that they aren't naturally drawn to. For instance, the child who has a love of music would also benefit in life from understanding how to do things they consider boring, such as spelling or doing basic math. So I believe that some skills are essential for all kids to be taught, especially at the primary level, but there definitely needs to be more encouraging students to strengthen their natural talents and developing their own unique purposes than our school system currently allows for.

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