What's the point of education?

Doug Belshaw, Feb 10, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not so sure I would have it in me to write an entire article in the form of questions, but I appreciate the experimentation. In this article, Doug Belshaw argues (asks?) that the purpose of education is something worth debating, suggesting that "there a disconnect between what your parents/guardians thought was the purpose of education and what your school believed" and "the 'deep grammar' of schooling (was) different from the explicit aims of the school" (both points, of course, phrased in the form of a question. When I wrote to purpose/ed I wrote that the purpose of an education is personal empowerment, but I will admit as well that I'm enthralled by Josie Fraser's suggestion of the "idea of giving young people access to things 'unimagined and unencountered'." Indeed, I can't imagine a young life without exploration and discovery, each child the hero of his or her ever-widening universe.
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