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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 10 2013: Would this helpful:
    "Education should be a technique of learning (discovering) the better methods of gratifying our natural and inherited urges, and happiness is the resulting total of these enhanced techniques of emotional satisfactions. "

    Education is a good tool to help sort meanings for and to recognize values of life. One who chooses to limit education inhibits self for discovery of purposes. Gaining only intellectual learning without sorting and accepting values for same seems like a dead end, but finding meaning for higher education can lead one to greater happiness--not just for self, but for all humankind.

    Education has been vetted much on TED. We would be wise to implement those higher ideals to help humankind move on to higher planetary achievements, or for prospects of same, with reduced potential for war. The better one educates, the more potential we have for liking improvements anywhere. It is a pathway to peace. It must be more than just intellectual logic.
    • Sep 14 2013: I completely agree Mark, what would be the purpose of just learning facts if we couldnt see the value of life and discover our purpose. Education needs to help guide us to find that purpose snd give us the tools to pursue it.
      This, however, is a pretty difficult task to accomplish, as it is difficult to find the proper balance between guiding and directing, and even worse, one risks guiding someone in the "wrong" direction.

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