Do schools achieve the goals of true education?
To answer the question “To what extent do our schools serve the goal of a true education?” the answer is simple; we cannot say. With an ordinary system out in place that merely touches the surface of the many possible subjects in the world and in history, how can they truly educate people? People may be less ignorant, yes, but they are not truly educated.
Remember, education and knowledge are different, and it takes different things to reach each one. Instead of teaching students to become citizens and lifelong learners, we’re teaching them to take tests. We assess them with multiple choice questions.
Our schools don’t serve the goal of a true education; they merely make it appear that they are. How is it that many of the most gifted minds and thinkers in history who had no formal training or “education” could be declared as being geniuses or being influential or knowledgeable? People like William Shakespeare, George Washington and Thomas Edison. The number of potential prospects is endless.
Most private schools have small class sizes. One of the key points of private education is individual attention. You need student to teacher ratio of 15:1 or better to achieve that goal of individual attention. On the other hand, a public system has to take almost anyone who lives within its boundaries. In public schools you will generally find much larger class sizes, exceeding 35-40 students. At that point teaching rapidly degenerates into babysitting.
The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, those are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Knowledge and wisdom cannot be rushed, knowledge and wisdom cannot be put in place like a system, knowledge and wisdom must take time and be learned.
“Knowledge is Power”. Students and teachers alike need a new way of getting knowledge and wisdom shared between one another, because even though a teacher is older and more mature, does not mean they cannot learn from the experiences of their pupils. Ensure teachers know that “he who dares to teach must never cease to learn”.
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.
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