Function of Education on Krishnamurti
In The Function of Education Jiddu Krishnamurti argues that the purpose of education is to prepare people for life. That is done by making students feel free, so that they can think freely, and won’t conform to society. Society is corrupt, violent, and oppressive. If students don’t think freely they will also be corrupt, violent, and oppressive. They must think freely so that they will rebel against everything that is wrong with society, so that they can change society. That is completely true, but Krishnamurti doesn’t account for how students will learn to rebel, if their education is not oppressive.
Jiddu Krishnamurti argues that the purpose of education should not just be to prepare people
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Life is beautiful, but people have made it out to be an ugly thing, and because they believed it was so horrible they have made it horrible. Every part of society is based on the belief that life is horrible; the education system, organized religion, everything. For that reason “it is guided by politicians who are always seeking power; it is a world of lawyers, policemen and soldiers” (Krishnamurti, xli), and endless wars. Everyone is struggling against everyone else in order to be safe; in a position of power or comfort. People are divided by ideology, by class and caste, by nationality, “by every form of stupidity and cruelty” (Krishnamurti, xli). People are educated to fit into this insane world, they are encouraged to fit into it, by the education system, by their parents, by nearly everyone, and most people want to fit in. If people had a proper education, an education that allowed them to think freely, then chances are they would decide they don’t actually like the world the way society is. So they would revolt against it, discover what is really true, and change the world. But people are discouraged from doing that, because if they did they would become a threat to society and to the false premises it is based on; that life without it is short cruel and brutal, and people need it to protect them from each other. In fact society is what is cruel and brutal. When people conform to society they become as corrupt