A liberal education is the best path to a democratic nation
Education has always been one of the building blocks of a nation. Indeed, the educational system in the Philippines has come a long way as different colonial periods slowly shaped its current form. Perhaps one of the greatest educational influences introduced to the Philippine archipelago is the concept of liberal education which was brought about by the Americans. Aside from liberal education, democracy was also brought about by the Americans. These two concepts then shaped the course of Philippine history and is strongly felt up to this day. Why is it significant?
Since a liberal education aims at strengthening the holistic development of the individual, it creates a pool of free thinkers, and catalysts for change. In a nation where freedom is more of a need than a want, liberal education serves as uniting force for absolute freedom. Why is it argumentative?
The topic is argumentative because there are other factors in shaping a country’s democracy. To say that liberal education is the BEST path to a democratic nation implies that all other factors that shape a democratic nation are non-bearing. Definition of Terms:
Education- (also called learning, teaching or schooling) in the general sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to another. Liberalism- (from the Latin liberalis, "of freedom") is the belief in the importance of liberty and equal rights. Liberal Education- described as "a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a stronger sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement ... characterized by challenging encounters with important issues, and more a way of studying than a...
...LiberalEducationLiberaleducation means to empower an individual and prepare him to deal with diversity, complexity and change.
Pakistan A TALE OF EVENTS
Monday, August 01, 2011
Outline 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Introduction Definition Importance Sphere of liberaleducation Objectives (a) To produce informed citizens. (b) To develop creative thinking (c) To improve skills and competitiveness 6. 7. 8. (d) To inculcate communication skills Present style of education in Pakistan Prerequisites for liberaleducation Advantages of liberaleducation (a) (b) Economic development Employment opportunities
(c) Interdependent and stable society (d) Peace and harmony in community 9. Conclusion
Essay Education is the most important factor behind the progress man has achieved in this world. It has
been the permanent character of human history and evolution of thought. However, in the past, it used to be prerogative of only a few privileged men and the pace of development was quite slow. Since it has been disseminated to common people, there has been rapid growth in every sphere of development: science, technology, sociology, politics, anthropology, etc. Now it is treated as basic human right of every man. Though, it encompasses a wide sphere of knowledge, it has been metamorphosed by man according to his needs. It...
...The Bright Side of a Liberal Arts Education
Now that I am in college, I have pondered upon whether a liberal arts education is better than a vocational education; a topic that did not cross my mind in high school. A liberal arts curriculum includes the studies intended to primarily provide general knowledge such as language, philosophy, literature, and abstract science and to develop general intellectual capacities, such as reason and judgment, as opposed to professional or vocational skills (merriam-webster.com). As students wanting to achieve a higher education, we have to think about what we want for ourselves. Either you want to grow as an individual and obtain a major in whichever field you chose, or just learn what best interests you. People have many misconceptions toward what the liberal arts are and how they can benefit you. We often hear things like, “A liberal arts degree will not get you a real job.” or “A liberal arts degree is a luxury not a necessity.” Although this is what the majority of the people who are not aware about the actual facts say, this is not true. An examination of, The New Liberal Arts by author Sanford J. Ungar, and Are Too Many People Going to College? by author Charles Murray, will reveal to us why one gains more knowledge at a liberal arts school. Murray...
...A More Democratic Approach to Education
This essay will elaborate on the validity of Gerald Graff’s argument in his article “The Undemocratic Curriculum”, as well as outline how the argument could be improved. Graff’s article proposes that the education system in America is flawed in the sense that not all students are taught how to process or what to do with the information that they are exposed to. This puts them at a disadvantage to those student who have been taught adequate methods of expressing their ideas through argumentation. Oxford dictionary defines democracy as the practice or principles of social equality (1). So how can an education system claim to be democratic if not all students are all enlightened on the method of thinking required of them to be successful in their academic careers? Graff’s argument is strengthened by not only clearly defining his view on how undemocratic aspects of academic institutions in America are, but also explaining why this is the case and how it can be fixed. I agree with Gerald Graff’s perspective on how undemocratic education can be, and I agree with Graff’s proposed solution of encouraging academic argumentation, and educating students on how to compose a strong argument. Incorporating argumentation skills into the curriculum will without a doubt benefit students by encouraging them to be independent thinkers, giving them the...
I would vote for the liberal Party because I agree with the way they look at health
care, the environment, education, the defense of our country and our economy.
The liberal Party will focus on what matters to Canadians ‒ creating jobs,
promoting economic growth, and ensuring longterm economic prosperity” and this is
important to me. It also cares about the needs and concerns of the people. Also, I were to
have a government that did not care about “creating new jobs” or that does not think
about “ensuring longterm economic prosperity”, our country would not be very stable or
prosperous, since the main thing that holds every country together and makes it
prosperous is its economy.
Another important thing is where the liberal Party stands when it comes to health
care. The liberal party believe that Canada should have a strong, efficient, sustainable
health care system, and all canadians should have the same level of high quality health
care . This is important because this ensures the healthy lifes Canadians, and those values
are very important to create a good healthcare system.
Another point in which I totally agree with the liberal Party is in the way they
approach education. One of the liberal ...
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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...
DemocraticEducation should be a mainstream style of teaching, and should be
taught specifically to anyone aspiring to become any type of successful instructor.
Everywhere you go the world is constantly changing, people adapt, time ticks away, and the
days come and go, every waking moment is progression to the future. Why is the one thing
that we as a society depend on for survival going backwards? Our education system and
the way we educate children is the only tool we as a society use to ensure our existence,
think of the world as a well oiled machine. If you neglect certain parts, yes maybe it will
keep working for a short while. Eventually the machine will fall apart because of the
mistreating and lack of or poor maintenance, if we keep neglecting our education system
by turning a blind eye to the type of educators we give teaching credentials to or the way
our current teachers or professors are instruction our future, then our existence is headed
for an abrupt halt.
Schools need to embrace interesting, interactive-learning environments throughout
the curriculum. “If you do not want to do something, you will not, period.” This thought
means if someone is in a place that does not at least entertain the senses, let alone
stimulate the mind then why even waste the time to just be physically be present? By
doing that it wastes money, and more importantly the teacher and the...
Christian Liberal Arts Education
BITH 111 - Dr. Lauber
March 5, 2015
The education system in America has slowly become narrow and less based upon the liberal arts. Rarely does a person enrolled in a school that will challenge them academically and spiritually. Universities are often only concerned in the employment percentage of their graduating class, and not their students’ mental well-being or whether or not they were personally changed during their time on campus. Liberal arts colleges are much more invested in their students and the teachers make an impact on the students. The universities of higher learning that tend to the mental, physical, and spiritual states of their students in the most holistic manner are Christian liberal arts colleges. Built on the ideas of Socrates and Plato, all liberal arts colleges endorse the ideal that the greatest growth comes from the study of many different subjects. However, it is clearly written throughout Ecclesiastes that everything is meaningless without God (ESV).
In order to fully understand the objectives of a Christian liberal arts education, it is first necessary to define the origins of the system of learning. When looking at the definition of the word liberal, the word has a certain meaning of freedom as it is intended to free the mind of...
... One of the elements of democratic citizenship is the freedom of expression of oneself, the right to education and to choose representatives in governments, among others. The freedom of expression of oneself is a legacy of the free world. It is not a philosophy waiting to be proven; but has been proven to be the most important engine with education in overcoming the barriers and challenges to democracy itself. This thesis therefore will serve to highlight four major areas of this concern. A challenge in literal means a demanding situation that requires some kind of action. Challenges to democracy means problems that comes while ensuring a democratic set up in the country. It discusses the issues that need to be solved to sustain democracy in the country. Some of these challenges are deepening democracy, illiteracy, expansion and corruption and inefficiency.
Democracies need active, informed and responsible citizens; citizens who are willing and able to take responsibility for themselves and their communities and contribute to the political process. These are the four challenges that democracy has on Citizenship education, but these challenges can and must overcome with the help of democratic citizenship education. Democratic Citizenship Education is simply legal status in a country; it is also demands becoming informed about issues that...