Thoughts on the Role of Education
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Thoughts on the Role of Education

Some current thoughts on the role of education in society

The purpose of education is to pass on some values from one generation onto the next, but not always as those values change and become outmoded or work against the parent cultural philosophy. Later generations will explore new limits when it comes to student discipline, learning standards, spirituality and religious values and other relevant issues. Does there has to be some kind of mirror between what the system teaches and what the dominant society around that system would like to see? So if you living in the US you still won’t expect to learn much about Marx since his name is synonymous with communism and everything anti-capitalist. However one is free to study socialist thought and even create a socialist party on campus even though that may be unpopular. Education does not mean popularity then.

Similarly you will be fed the biblical creationist theory regarding the six days of the earth’s creation in certain states that have voted for a return to this model of creation despite a mass of scientific data showing the contrary. If you have another consciousness and can pursue another thought about creation be it akin to the Big Bang or String theories of the universe, then that path is educational too. Education does not necessarily mean in keeping up with current trends it may mean returning to traditional thought. There is no right or wrong education there but right or wrong choices based on what you want to do in life.

Educating has been given the role of passing on values. Since this author has attended school though religious references have been removed from the school locations. Back in history education was provided through religious organization and is still done for those wanting to purse religious study or go on as a practitioner on that faith.

Education for the most part still makes sure values are kept; countries want to see that their citizens are abiding and venerate their country in some way, however minimal. One does not necessarily mean that all forms of education follow a book model; there are other means of driving home a message outside the text environment such as inviting an sport’s medallist to give a prep talk for a physical education or police sergeant who may introduce the topic of street violence, its causes and effects on children in a sociology class in order to relate the value of social order. This may be especially valuable when there is a lot of student unrest, drug addiction linked to violence and home robberies in the same neighbourhood.

There is always a debate as to who should be responsible for this role of passing on knowledge or awareness to todays youth but the emphasis should be on the quality the child receives and not where it comes from. Ideally it should come from the home as well as from the institution which could concentrate on the theories and concepts that are not covered in the home though. So developing the child's cognitive skill at home would then mean the teacher can concentrate on more academic material in class rather than spending time on focusing issues.

Cultural education has been seen to be valuable in creating a dimension for the newly arrived immigrant  and also a perspective for one whose origins are elsewhere. This helps the person to appreciate his history, language and the geography of the country he has come from. If he is open to that  understanding then he may be interested in the history and culture of his adopted country. This article has not pursed the statistics on whether immigrant children will then be to be better able to absorb cultural references from the adopted country but since there are surrounding peer pressures that they do, often enough their curiosity helps them acquire a sense of what differences and similarities there are between the cultures, if there are.

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Very interesting and educational discussion..thanks for sharing