In today’s episode we take a look at the root of everything we’ve been talking about, what the real purpose of education actually is.
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What does education mean to you? Is it just facts we need to memorize or is it life skills?
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Welcome back to The State of Education podcast, presented by One-Room Education.
Today we are taking a look at the root of everything we’ve been talking about, what the real purpose of education actually is.
In today’s episode we’ll be discussing:
- The current debates and issues within education in regards to their purpose.
- How long these issues have been known.
- What some of the smartest, most well minds in American history have to say about the state of education in their own times.
- How these issues apply to societal and pollical issues today.
What’s the Purpose of Education in the 21st Century by Valerie Strauss
But it doesn’t have to be either-or. Education should prepare young people for life, work and citizenship.The Washington Post
MLK’s Thoughts on the Issues (1947)
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.The Purpose of Education
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.The Purpose of Education
If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts.The Purpose of Education
The Founding Father’s on the Purpose of Education
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, (A)nd if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.Thomas Jefferson
If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.Samuel Adams
A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district–all studied and appreciated as they merit–are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.Benjamin Franklin
What’s the Point?
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- King, Martin Luthor. “‘The Purpose of Education.’” The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, 21 May 2021, https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/purpose-education.
- Strauss, Valerie. “What’s the Purpose of Education in the 21st Century?” The Washington Post, WP Company, 30 Nov. 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/12/whats-the-purpose-of-education-in-the-21st-century/.
- Thorne, Ashley. “U.S. Founding Fathers on Education, in Their Own Words by Ashley Thorne.” NAS, National Association of Scholars, 2 July 2010, https://www.nas.org/blogs/article/u_s_founding_fathers_on_education_in_their_own_words.
- What Is the Purpose of Education? – ASCD. ASCD, https://files.ascd.org/staticfiles/ascd/pdf/journals/ed_update/eu201207_infographic.pdf.
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