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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: I would rephrase the question into "What CONCEPTION of education we want to be".

    Why? Because education in any epoch in any society objectively does have a goal, even if this goal is not understood by the people of this society. And thus we basically have to answer both questions:
    - what is the goal (or conception) of the education right now
    - what goal (or conception) of the education we want to be

    As regards to the purpose of education, then it is simple = educate population = produce a particular statistics of distribution of people over particular mindsets, skills, etc. This expected statistics is defined by the `concept of the education` (or goal).

    The conception of the education that I personally want and propose is as next:
    - to produce the participants of the society able to participate in social governance
    - to nurture a constructive, creative, methodological culture of cognition, thinking and communication
    - to help people realize own unique potential
    - to provide methodological mindset so that everybody is able to build own holistic and integral understanding of the society and find own place in this system

    The conception of the education that I feel today is as next:
    - prevent realization of own unique potential
    - produce alienated recipients not able to participate in the social governance
    - restrict access to the integral knowledge, so that everybody understand only his particular area and never has chance to build a holistic perspective on the society
    - program people to learn not what they are potential of, but what is required for the capitalistic machine of exploitation of humans
    - nurture a non-constructive, ego-centric or dogmatic culture of cognition, thinking and communication
    explanation: ego-centric culture of thinking is required for an intellectually higher social layer of "managers and engineers", while dogmatic culture is required for a social layer of "hard-workers" who can execute under supervision of "managers"

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