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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 14 2013: From my own experience and observation I can only say there purpose is to keep a steady slave and consumer supply.

    The traits they want most are dependent, addicted, obedient, desensitized, violent consumers.

    It is a very successful program so far, perfect for the military and corporate mediocre jobs but most importantly non-discriminate consumers. It is no longer necessary to produce intelligent leaders or management positions as there are plenty being produced in other countries. It is a system that works to the optimum benefit of the multi-national corporations that bought the world. It is called the New World Order have you got your membership card yet?

    Would I like to see a change? Oh yes and I am going to work on the education system as soon as I accomplish something more important: Health- Please eat your fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Sep 14 2013: Keith, I meant the question as "what *should* the purpose of education be", but as that wasn't explicitly clear in my phrasing, this comment in an important one to add and I thank you for it. The system as it is does likely have the sort of hidden (are they hidden?) goals that you have mentioned. I would also add to that list "homogenous, uncreative, and passive"
      However, if this program has been so successful, how did we get here? Yes, it churns out many obedient graduates ready for the corporate consumer world, but it must not be so successful if there are also so many individuals that are able to think critically and defiantly, as clearly evidenced by this one thread.

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