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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: If we think about education as a process that begins at the moment of birth (or possibly before?), then I would argue that its purpose is to produce thoughtful, articulate, self-actualizing adults who are capable of rational thought, effective communication, and independent choice. This kind of education could, of course, coexist with "training" in practical skills, but I would like to avoid confusion between the two.
    • Sep 14 2013: Hmm David, you raise an interesting point. I was pretty vague about what I meant by education. I meant it to imply "formal schooling", but children are most definitely educated every second of their lives.

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