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Kenji Gerhardt

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What is the goal of education?

I am currently a high school student facing a problem and a question has occurred to me as a result. Having always been in advanced math classes, this year is unique in that I have had to drop from the honors level course to the normal level course in order to preserve my grade so I can get into college later. Before bending my pride enough to follow through on this decision, a question popped into my head:

Why do I need to lower the level of my education and reduce my experience in a subject to be more appealing to higher level educational facilities?

I personally feel that the goal of education is just that: education. Grades should just be a stick to measure where more work needs to be done, not where final judgement should be placed. Students like myself should be encouraged to challenge themselves so that they aren't getting everything right, not drop to a level where they can always get the best grade.

Those are my thoughts, anyway. What do you think the goal of education should be and of it's current state in America?

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    Nov 2 2011: Goal of education: To make you think by Yourself, to find your passion and become compassionate!

    Ken Robinson is great in showing how to reform education, yet he does not say what eduacation is good for. Maybe watch John Wooden's video on sucess (Mr. Wooden was a teacher and a coach for about half a century, and believe me, he has got a lot to say about this topic!)
    http://www.ted.com/talks/john_wooden_on_the_difference_between_winning_and_success.html

    Also, I would advise anybody to read on Kurt Hahn's approach to education, which is that by personal example and experience.
    My favourite Hahn's quote is this one: 'I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion.'
    You can read more on him on website dedicated to him: http://www.kurthahn.org/

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