Purposes of Education
Why do we educate? What are the end results of an education for students? This philsophical question has been discussed for thousands of years, but is still relevant in a consideration of 21st century learning. Is the purpose of education to prepare students for work in changing economies? To build positive and caring relationships? To contribute to civil, inclusive and democratic society in diverse communities? To address social injustice? Some or all of the above? What lessons can we learn in terms of the purposes of education from considering the history of education? And how might we learn from all these sources so that when new forms of education are proposed or initiated, we might consider the end results worthwhile, and ensure that the pedagogy, learning approaches and environments are designed to reach the goals we want to meet?
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