There are many reasons or purposes behind pursuing higher education, but these may change depending on each individual student. However many distinct reasons there may be, the majority of them can be grouped into five broad categories. The first of these categories relates to money, the second is the transmission of culture and history, the third has to do with esteem or social class, fourth comes education for the benefit of democracy, and last is entertainment or personal enjoyment.
Almost everybody has a "dream job", one where they do some kind of interesting work and get paid lots for it. This is one of the reasons why a person would consider going beyond high school, and pursuing higher education; so they can get that "dream job". With degrees and Ph.D.s comes money, along with wider opportunities for the future, and less physical work. Of course, the three aforementioned traits do not always apply, but in the majority of cases they do.
In learning more about your world, you can absorb some history, and in the process keep your culture alive. Culture and traditions can only survive if they are passed down from generation to generation. By studying history, you can also learn from the mistakes of those who came before you, and ensure that you do not repeat those mistakes. Good examples of this are failed strategies used in war; you would definitely not want to repeat those.
Some people go for degrees because they think it earns them power, respect, and esteem. Certain socialites feel that if you do not have a Ph.D., you are not worth anything, not even a bit of their time. The third reason to pursue higher education is to appease swine like this. If you want to become one of the social elite, college is necessary.
No matter how hard you try to deny it, the majority of people are dolts. In order to ensure a healthy democracy, you need well educated people to vote on modern issues. It is pretty obvious that if we had a bunch of easily duped...
...only does Jefferson learn how to die as a “man” he also dies with a little faith. Reverend Ambrose pulled Grant to the side and asks him to bring God into Jefferson’s life. Grant refuses to because he does not believe in God and he refuses to lie to Jefferson. Although, one day Jefferson asks if Grant believes in God, Grant says he does. This is because he is looking out for the best for Jefferson.
Grant does many things for Jefferson for just the short time he knows him. He gets Jefferson a radio and a diary. Jefferson looks up to Grant a lot and loves having someone there to talk too and having someone that actually cares for him. Jefferson and Grant have a strong connection when Grants tells him that he can be a hero. Grant says he could never be a hero, he is just a school teacher. Jefferson has a chance to be a hero. Jefferson can walk up to that chair and be a strong hero. Stand up to the racist people that convicted him for something he did not do. This is his time, time to stand for himself and everyone else that was done wrong. Jefferson takes this to heart and walks to the chair like the bravest man on the earth. Jefferson died with a strong heart full of dignity and faith.
As the books goes on not only is Jefferson learning and becoming someone different so is Grant. Barry agrees he states, “Grant is the teacher, and Jefferson the learner, but before long, Grant is learning form Jefferson how to confront adversity,...
..."I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -Confucius
My personal philosophy of education is most closely related to constructivism, which is a theory based on the thought that learning is student led and teachers are the facilitators of children’s learning. Within this type of learning students are required to be active thinkers, explainers, interpreters and questioners (Woolfolk & Margetts,2007). Constructivism is an educationalphilosophy that focuses on constructing knowledge through rich and authentic student centered learning experiences, rather than the reproduction of knowledge from teachers. Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky are accredited for developing these theories.
My area of specialisation within primary education is early childhood literacy however; my passion is special needs education. I understand that classroom education is not just about teaching and learning but a range of different factors that work together in order to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment that caters to each individual child. I believe that there are vital elements in order to create this environment and they include subject knowledge, knowledge of students’ abilities, wants and needs, differentiation of work, the ability to change and adapt to different situations, a fun learning environment which is warm, welcoming, caring, understanding and approachable....
...he Enlightenment And The Age Of Reason In Philosophy
Western Europe's worship of reason, reflected only vaguely in art and
literature, was precisely expressed in a set of philosophic ideas known
collectively as the Enlightenment. It was not originally a popular movement.
Catching on first among scientists, philosophers, and some theologians, it was
then taken up by literary figures, who spread its message among the middle
classes. Ultimately, it reached the common people in simplified terms
associated with popular grievances.
The most fundamental concept of the Enlightenment were faith in nature
and belief in human progress. Nature was seen as a complex of interacting laws
governing the universe. The individual human being, as part of that system,
was designed to act rationally. If free to exercise their reason, people were
naturally good and would act to further the happiness of others. Accordingly,
both human righteousness and happiness required freedom from needless
restraints, such as many of those imposed by the state or the church. The
Enlightenment's uncompromising hostility towards organized religion and
established monarchy reflected a disdain for the past and an inclination to
favor utopian reform schemes. Most of its thinkers believed passionately in
human progress through education. They thought society would become perfect if
people were free...
...Reasons and Explanations for Sentencing Criminals
By Daniel L. McGivern
There are four main philosophical reasons surrounding the purpose of sentencing criminals. Retribution is of the main reasons and is the philosophy that is the criminal’s punishment that shall be determined on the severity of the crime that has been committed. The retribution philosophy goes by the Old Testament which states “eye for an eye.” Deterrence is also another reason. The basis of deterrence is its effectiveness that a criminal will realize their punishment from the crime actually outweighs the crime itself. The philosophy goes to say that the criminal prevents the return of the criminal. The specific deterrence basis theory is that once a criminal is punished and released that they will be less likely to commit any more crimes. The incapacitation philosophy is the philosophy that believes by incarnating criminals will effectively keep these criminals from committing further crimes. One of the more important philosophies is rehabilitation. This is a means of trying to teach a criminal not to commit furthers acts of crime. This philosophy firmly believes that the public is better serviced when a criminal is given certain resources that will help them be done with any criminal behavior they may have....
...Outline at least 5 reasons why students at University should or should not study at least one course in philosophy.
Firstly, it is important to define what Philosophy is before I proceed to why I believe students at the University level should all study at least one course in Philosophy. Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values,reason, mind, and language. ( J Teichmann and K. C. Evans, Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide pg. 1) Philosophy is different from the other ways of facing such problems because of its critical analysis and systematic approach and mainly its dependence on rational argument. The word Philosophy comes from the Greek world philosophia which literally means the “love of wisdom”.
Students should study philosophy as it stimulates and encourages ones abilities to think creatively and out of the box, critically and enhance analytical and interpretive capacities. These are some of the attributes of philosophy. Creative thinking lets people let their minds wander and not believe in the status quo and be satisfied by what we know but to look further for creative and out of the box definitions to different things and also different interpretations of the daily situations and things we encounter. Critical thinking...
...Plagiarism : Reasons and How To Curb It
Recent studies suggest that plagiarism had been exaggerated especially among university students nowadays. The students often procrastinate their homework or assignments until last minute. At the end, they try to finish up their assignments by copying directly from their friends or other medias without giving any credit to the original authors. The unaware of this problem causes students practicing plagiarism. Plagiarism is a word from Latin, plagiarius which means stealing other ideas or works without attributing them.
Ellery (2008) has mentioned that the most common explanation for plagiarism from electronic sources was that the students were unaware of the requirement to acknowledge such sources, specifically in an in-text format. Ellery (2008) gave an example of a study conducted by geography students at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal at South Africa where it found that 26% students plagiarized their text in the assignment due to influencing by electronic sources of information. The main reasons given to plagiarism are ignorance or misunderstanding of good referencing practices or poor engagement with the issues at hand. Based from the study, it is totally concluded that most of the students are not realise on how important to acknowledge the sources and reference the authors. This shows lack of respect to the authors and ideas.
Besides that, VAIL (1996) emphasized...
... SUBJECT: PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (PGDE 107)
ON THE TOPIC:
SUCCINTLY DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WESTERN AND AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
SUBMITTED TO THE LECTURER: DR MARK LEIGHA
2015/2016 NTI PGDE PROGRAMME
TOPIC: SUCCINTLY DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WESTERN AND AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY OFEDUCATIONPhilosophy of Education according to Okoh (1992) is the application of philosophical truths of principles using the theory and practice of education. In its technical sense, philosophy of education is a systematic study of the metaphysics, axiology and epistemology of education.
The above view is in line with Akinpelu (1981) position that the philosophy of education must be formulated on the basis of nature of man and the society as considered by that society (metaphysics).It should also be based on what that society considers to be the type of knowledge with acquiring and how best it could be acquired (epistemology). The same should further rest on the value system of what is considered most valuable (axiology).
The above therefore corresponds with Akinpelu’s criteria for education. However, Ezewu (1993) argued that the...
...FiveReasons Not to Join the Peace Corps
Many travelers have considered—even just for a moment—joining Peace Corps. The allure of two years abroad and the chance to integrate into new and exciting cultures has tempted some 200,000 volunteers into a life of service in 139 different countries. Whether it’s a post-college move or a mid-career shift, Peace Corps provides a unique way to experience places in a way no typical trip allows.
Sure, a sense of adventure and a bit of independence are requirements for the job, but that’s where parallels to travel end. Peace Corps isn’t for every globetrotter or international jetsetter. There are hundreds of reasons to join the Corps—but here are the top fivereasons not to.
Because traveling for two years sounds like fun
It goes without saying that Peace Corps Volunteers see the world: from the Caribbean Islands to Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, too. Volunteer projects extend to the far reaches of the globe. Yet despite this international presence, the happiest volunteers are typically those most content to stay at home. (Their new home, that is.)
Peace Corps Volunteers are brought in to do a job. Whether it’s to build fisheries in a remote region of Zambia, train teachers in computer skills in Eastern Europe or combat HIV/AIDS in China, Peace Corps work is a full-time gig. To be effective, volunteers must integrate into their...