According to the Oxford English Dictionary one of the definitions of the word "education" is: "The systematic instruction, schooling or training given to the young in preparation for the work of life; by extension, similar instruction or training obtained in adult age. Also, the whole course of scholastic instruction which a person has received. Often with limiting words denoting the nature of the predominant subject of the instruction or kind of life it prepares, as classical, legal, medical, technical, commercial, art education." Although this is an accurate description of what an actual education may be, there is a great deal more to the process of becoming educated than the actual instruction and schooling one may receive.
If you asked a person in high school or college exactly why he is in school his response would probably have something to do with "getting an education." Is that really why he is there? The next question you may ask is "what are you going to do with your education?" The response would undoubtedly include something about "getting a good job" or perhaps "to make a lot of money." Most of the people in the United States have been brainwashed to think that unless one has at least a high school diploma there is no future anywhere for him. This is completely untrue. There is no guarantee that getting a high school "education" is going to get you anywhere. A student may spend eight years between high school and college getting an "education." He can graduate from college with A's in every class, but still, this "education" means nothing. For example, suppose this "Straight A" student goes for a job interview. Obviously one of the first things to be looked at is the college diploma. Good grades, which by today's standards are an indication of an educated individual, are usually very helpful in getting a good job. But alone, good grades are a completely unfair indication of how a person will perform...
April 13, 2012
What is Education?
We currently live in a society where information is more easily accessed than in past times. Before, if we wanted to know the mass of the Earth, we would have to go to a library and research books in order to find out answer. Now, all we do is simply go to a computer, type our question in, and millions of answers pop up in just a matter of seconds. All this technology has made our lives a lot easier. Everything is now right at our fingertips, or at least two clicks away. Colleges and school even offer online courses, where you can earn a degree without even leaving your bedroom. Educating yourself now seems as easy as logging on to a computer. With this total reliance on technology, people are failing to realize the true importance of education themselves. Nicolas Carr, in his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” writes of how the internet is causing us to think less. Since we have more information available to us, we do not put as much thought into problems as we used to. Now we just skim the surface for what we need rather than digging deep. In Charles Siebert’s essay, “An Elephant Crackup?” Siebert writes how elephants have a similar psychology to humans. Siebert describes how elephants are like humans in many ways, yet humans fail to recognize how parallel we are to each other. Not only do humans fail to recognize patterns in themselves, they fail to...
...What is Education? Answers from 5th Century BC to the 21st Century
The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -- Jean Piaget, 1896-1980, Swiss developmental psychologist, philosopher
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.-- Anatole France, 1844-1924, French poet, novelist
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -- Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, South African President, philanthropist
The object of education is to teach us to love beauty. -- Plato, 424 – 348 BC, philosopher mathematician
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education -- Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968, pastor, activist, humanitarian
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, physicist
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -- Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Greek philosopher, scientist
Education is the power...
...What is Education?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, the tenth president of South Africa. Education can be the key to changing the world, but it is not just a simple object to achieve. Education is the life long process of obtaining knowledge through the home, the classroom, and through real world experiences. The knowledge obtained in each of these categories can be overlapping, but each section provides its own method of presenting different types of information.
No matter where in this world we are born, we start empty minded and begin learning the same things. At a very young age, the course of nature begins and the learning of the basics of life such as walking and talking are set in motion. We learn the difference between bravery and fear, right and wrong, pleasure and pain. We learn to communicate verbally by imitating and interacting with the people around us, picking up words and eventually the whole language. We learn to communicate in different ways. At first, using body language and words that aren't really words. We learn social interaction between our peers and adults. Along with language, the surrounding culture and religion is recognized and everything branches off these key elements. The upbringing process is greatly influenced by culture and religion. What is right versus wrong and what...
Student number: 20134571
Science 1 in the Early Years
Assessment: Item 1- Views of teaching and promoting science of young learners
The pedagogy of play can be hard to understand and part of the reason for this is it’s so difficult to explain how children learn by play because play isn’t simply; it is complex. Each child begins their early childhood education with a set of skills and prior knowledge that is influenced by their family, culture and past experiences (Fellows &Oakley, 2010). The past knowledge should become the foundation for developing an understanding of scientific concepts (Duschl, Schweingruber & Shouse, 2007). Children are naturally inquisitive, creative and aware of the world around them (Campbell & Jobling, 2012). Play is an important development tool and an effective way to teach children scientific concepts while using their prior knowledge (Preston, Mules, Baker & Frost, 2007). Learning science through play shows children that science is useful and enjoyable and is a significant aspect of the real world (Bulunuz, 2013). This essay will review teaching science through play, theorists who support play and the way in which the Australian curriculum and EYLF support play pedagogy.
Science and Play
Play pedagogy is a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. Research shows...
...What Is Informal Education?
Finding a concise definition of informal education that is acceptable to all is an insurmountable task, since the likelihood of dissension would be substantial (Seale, 2008). Nevertheless, in this short study we will look at the principles and values, theoretical practice and practical application of informal education. To better understand the concept and ambition of the discipline, we will concurrently explore examples drawn from my own experience.
If we look at the notion [or concept] of informal with education we can see more clearly what our aim [ambition] is. Putting these two parts of the equation together gives us a better position in which to think about our work (Mahoney, 2001)
As suggested by the above quote, in order to describe informal education we should look at the two words informal and education. A relatively modern definition of education is: “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life;” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011). This takes into account alternative approaches to the delivery of education which may neither be viewed as ‘systematic’ nor based on ‘instruction’, as described in older definitions such as in the...
...also a requirement to have a depth of knowledge how education has developed over the last few decades. To understand the role of sociology in education this essay examines: what is education for? This discussion draws upon examples of research, with reference to Neo-Marxism, Interactionism and Feminism as sociological perspectives on education and training. An evaluation of each perspective in terms of strengths and weaknesses on education will follow. Finally briefly looking into how each perspective sees’ the role of education and whateducation does for society, economy and culture according to them. But what is education?
Lauder et al (2006) states “Education is the influence exercised by adult generations on those not yet ready for social life” (pp 80). Not only does it teach the formal curriculum, it also develops morals, principles and behaviours, perhaps most importantly it prepares young people for society. For example the UK government according to their “white paper ” on The Importance of Teaching state “it is unacceptable for educational attainment to be affected by gender, disability, race, social class or any other factor unrelated to ability. Indeed, every child deserves a good education and every child should achieve high standards”. Not everyone believes in such equal...
...What is a Good Education?
Education literally means the things a person learns by being taught.
So, the definition of a good education would be the things a person learns
by being taught well. But what exactly does that mean? No one has ever
told you that, right. To me a good education is basically achieved when a
person has a general to specific knowledge of the things that have
happened in the world, things that could happen in the future of the world,
how to communicate with others, and how to live safely in the world today.
In order to live in this day and age, a person needs to know what has
happened to people or places before their time. This is basically learned in
a history class. If the person is well educated in history, they should know
major events that have happened in the US as well as other parts of the
world. Some examples of "major events" would be the signing of the US
Constitution, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, space exploration and
any other important events in the world. If a person does not know basic
things like this then they have no place in society. People do not
necessarily have to know the exact day that a war started or ended or who
signed the Constitution and when they signed it, they simply need to feel
comfortable in a conversation about the Constitution or any other historical
event. People also need to...
...such as yourself. Do you have the luxury of devoting your full time to receiving a university education? Assume that you do.
We have just described a very rare person—a person who has easy access to an education, low educational expenses, and all the time he or she needs to complete that education. Few people today fit that description, yet this dilemma has been the case throughout much of history. Access, funding, and time have always impeded many learners from receiving an education, such as a college degree, a certificate, or courses taken for personal enrichment.
Historically, education has been provided solely within the walls of schools and universities. Education was structured to serve a privileged few and, therefore, failed to meet the needs of prospective learners who could not dedicate their lives to attending school.
Characteristics of Distance Education
Nobody sat down one day and thought, “I’m going to provide access to education for more people.” Instead, various entrepreneurial-minded people gradually devised solutions to the obstacles of location, cost, and time to allow prospective learners to receive an education. Many of these ventures became part of what we now call distance education. Today, learners can avoid the obstacles naturally inherent in traditional education by...