- Adam Burk
- Portland, ME
- United States
Founder/ Director, Treehouse Institute
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Who should decide what the purpose of education is?
Over the past month TED community members have been answering for themselves "in your opinion, what should be the purpose of education?" http://www.ted.com/conversations/7491/in_your_opinion_what_should_t.html
During that conversation, Thomas Brucia, raised a question I would like to spend some more time on. He said, "shouldn't the question be: 'who should decide what the purpose of education is?'"
In an age where control of is this answer and ultimately the fate of millions of children in the U.S. alone is held by corporations and the ultra-wealthy, I believe this is a righteous question and lever to examine.
So, predicated on the understanding that whatever is deemed to be the purpose of education defines 12+ years of children's daily activities and habits in the form of formalized learning, aka schooling, who should decide what the purpose of education is? Is it corporations? Academics? Policy-makers? Teachers? Parents? Students themselves? ::gasp:: Local communities as a whole?
I look forward to the conversations, thanks for joining in.