The Purpose of Education Essay
As teachers endeavor into the field of education, it is imperative to ask exactly what the purpose of education is and why education has become one of the fundamental institutions of society. In examining this question, I realize that education serves as the basis for the organization of our culture, and essentially, the entire world and its influence is invaluable. I see four essential purposes of education: to foster thinking and reasoning skills in students, to create a sense of community, to develop life skills such as responsibility and cooperation, among others, and to provide a precursor for life’s continuous education.
The most obvious purpose of education, and perhaps the …show more content…
Schools in many ways teach various life skills to students, or if education is unable to teach a particular life skill, students nevertheless learn and practice it through their classroom interactions. Though particular subject matter and factual information are extremely important, it is these life skills which are learned, often subconsciously, which carry students through “the real world” and which promote these skills in the surrounding community.
Perhaps the most important purpose of education for me is the last one: to set a standard for students to continue learning throughout their lifetime. Schooling is structured such that we begin approximately at the age of five and continue until we are approximately eighteen, not including higher education. However, this should not suggest that education only occurs between these years, although for many, this is the common belief. The learning process begins from day one; students enter into school at the age they do because it is a reasonable time to expect that children can begin their course as an independent