Education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. In each essay, all three authors ward against the dangers with the education system of their era. Whether it be diversity, segregation or the goals of the system itself the authors believe changes need to be made, as education systems form the future leaders of our society. Through their text the authors believe they must solve the faults within the education systems, to conform society to what they believe is morally and ethically correct. In Carter G. Woodson’s the Miseducation of The Negro, the fundamental question against the education
Is this what education has come to? In Diane Ravitch’s Stop the Madness, she states that “Test scores became an obsession… Test-taking skills and strategies took precedence over knowledge.” High schools don’t prioritize preparing citizens for the real world, their main focus is teaching the same basic principles to every student. Students’ time is being wasted learning about topics that they will never use in life once they graduate. Why should a student who is interested in becoming a doctor have to learn about the entirety of Chinese history or how to write an essay in MLA format? John Dewey, the father of experiential education said “A curriculum which acknowledges the social responsibilities of education must present situations where problems are relevant to the problems of living together, and where observation and information are calculated to develop social insights and
The manner in which manner is received plays a crucial role in the life of everyone but as much as that is important to the human existence, the manner in which education is given is just as vital. Amy Gutmann “proposes a democratic state of education that requires parents and states to cede some professional authority to professional educators. Meaning the good of children includes not just individual freedom of choice, but also identification with and participation in the good of their family and the politics of their society” (Divala & Mathebula, 2016, p. 275). The below will discuss Amy Gutmann’s theory of democratic education briefly, the South African education system and the extent to which it resonates with Gutmann’s theory and four aspects of the current education system that can be improved to enhance democracy in education system.
While they had different focuses and theories, their shared belief was that some autonomy in education is beneficial to students. While I wholeheartedly concur with their theory that letting students have some choice in what and how they learn does further encourage learning, my personal experiences have shown that this is a difficult concept to put into practice. There must also be some structure to the learning environment as it can not be left entirely in the hands of students too young to comprehend the decisions they're making. Too much autonomy in education increases the possibility that children will act as children and not take their education seriously. It also has the unintended consequence of a severely unevenly educated population when there is a lack of educational standards across the board.
For being a good educational system, it should carry out the following objectives mentioned above. But however, this is not the case. The primary aim of the sociology of education according to Mannheim should be based on understanding the existing education system, identifying its strengths and weaknesses, so to set a platform
Generally, education supports learners to discover and turn their inherent talents which are like mirrors, to useful skills offering many windows of opportunity to them. Furthermore, education is the only channel for the transmission of skills and knowledge for the continuation of industrial, economic, political and social activities. For example, unless through education, an archaeologist cannot pass his knowledge to posterity. As long as the skills and knowledge of an individual are not made accessible
Children spend much of their time in school, participating in extra-curricular activities and doing homework. This causes the educational system to have a huge impact on their lives. Malcolm Forbes once quoted "The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one (Howes)." Malcolm Forbes quote has a connection to young children. My interpretation is that children's minds are filled with so much information, but rather we should develop their ability to think and not to be closed minded but to be curious.
Besides, education will save us from being cheated by others. For example, an uneducated person is more easily deprived of their rights when compared with an educated person. It is because they are not well aware of their rights and freedoms. Furthermore, education can also help someone to replace an empty mind with an open one. By having enough knowledge, we can help others to improve their ability to think.
Education is seen as an important feature towards creating a best form of democracy. Everyone in the society should go hand in hand. Isolation of a group from its other members of the society, gives way for rigidity in the structure. The main form of social life with respect to education seems to have shared interests, and activities are to such that they guide the individuals to a more systematic shared life which makes the democratic society much needed one.
Introduction Education is often said the act or process of communicating or acquiring knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, with the determination of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. Philosophers wrote extensively on the purpose and role of education and schooling in their respective societies. These scholars shared many common ideas about what it is that schools should exist to do, but each of them had their own unique perspectives on the role of schooling within a given culture and civilization. In this regard, the prime purposes of education in the Maldivian schools are to amend the pathetic features of the culture and civilization of the Maldivian society. In my personal opinion, the negligence to teach one to think intensively and to think critically in the school environments had proven the greatest menace to the Maldivian society.