Imperatives in Education

September 18, 2015

Social Imperatives

By this, I am referring specifically to the requirements society itself has for education. What does education actually achieve for society? Well, there seem to be a few things. These are not listed in any particular order, as different people will order them differently or omit some of them anyway.

  • Provide the social skills, moral and ethical grounding, work ethic and tolerance of discomfort needed to function in the world.
  • Provide and instill cultural knowledge, values and beliefs. This is how cultures as entities propagate.
  • Provide the knowledge and understanding to perform professional work to a high standard.
  • Provide the means for a student to learn how to learn, extending flexibility and capacity to grow in multiple directions.
  • Provide a refuge for both parents and child to prevent over-exposure or over-dependence on either.

These aren’t necessary useful or healthy perspectives, what matters is that they are perspectives held – often extremely firmly. Any theory must be able to model how and why, and be able to establish how flexible they are as things change.

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