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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 15 2013: I'd say the main purpose of education is to educate, which is simply giving instruction to someone who need the instruction. I think the second part of the definition of education is the hardest part. Simply giving the instruction is fairly easy (how you give the instrution is a tough aspect), but giving the instruction to whoever needs it and how you determine who needs what education is, in my opinion, the hardest aspect of education. How much English does a math major need (goes the other way too)? Should the English classes be set up the same way as for other majors? Is it feasible to give personalized English course? This sort of leads into online education, where I think education can be most personal and still include human-to-human interaction (even more than in the absence of online education: http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html).

    Thanks for the question!

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