Purpose of Education When people talk about education, they often imagine students going to school and having information stuffed in their heads rather than drawing out their own potential, according to Sydney J. Harris. Just like Sydney said, education today is more about feeding information into a person rather than drawing something out, so the purpose of education has changed from teaching people to stuffing them with miscellaneous facts and giving them little time to digest it. Therefore, the education process today is missing its purpose as well as misleading its students. In order to complete the purpose and avoid misleading its students, education must promote curiosity in the classroom, independent thinking, and sense of responsibility as purpose. The first purpose of education and also one of the most important characteristic of human being is curiosity.
Knowledge gives us the power we need to survive in a modern-day society. Without education, we would lack the development and ability necessary to thrive in today’s world. Schools give us the training that is required to survive. The role of school in society is to prepare us for the obstacles and circumstances we are to encounter in our futures. Not only to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to apply these skills to life.
Challenges are always arising in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms with technology. Educators attending professional development programs do not always leave with a complete understanding or knowledge they need to take with them back to their own classrooms. Lack of knowledge about the technology being used, or ways to incorporate the technology, make it very difficult to implement all the new stuff, and feel like they have been successful. Technology integration has expanded far beyond knowing how to access a computer or laptop, and related basic skills. The involvement is much deeper now and requires a different approach for student learning.
Jazz: A Reaction to American Life Jazz, the “purest expression of American democracy; a music built on individualism and compromise, independence and cooperation” has had a great impact on American life since the early 1900s (Burns, 2009). When jazz first emerged on the scene, it immediately made a profound impact on all individuals who experienced it. It didn’t matter who you were. This being said, jazz was especially life changing for the African American population. It opened the door of opportunity for this group of people, and they quickly grasped onto this chance before it could disappear.
Plato: Works and Contributions The Ancient Greeks have been credited with many contributions to society throughout history. From Science to Art and Literature, the Greeks have heavily influenced some of the cultures that later followed such as the Romans in the 700’s. Out of these contributions non other was more influential to modern times than Philosophy. The Greek word “Philosophy”, the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life (Webster). Western Philosophy as we know it today was studied by many such as Anaximander and Hippocrates and even Socrates, who taught to use systematic questioning to explain the truths of the universe by teaching his students to take nothing for granted.
Plato helped form classical education, and we would not have a good basis for education in America and western civilization. The first school of philosophy in Greece was the school that Plato established, in 387 BC, called the Academy. As a philosopher Plato had many theories. Some of which are still used in philosophy schools today. Plato traveled to Italy, Sicily, and Egypt spreading his philosophy over many different places.
He believed that the role of the teacher was very important in this aspect as they were the ones who hold the knowledge and through systematic teaching, they would ingrain in the child, what is right and what is wrong. He believed that a child is not aware of this knowledge initially and it is through the teacher’s guidance that he eventually becomes more aware of this. Hence, it becomes the teacher’s responsibility until the child learns to make choices on his own. Influence on educational practices today Aristotle, though he had formed his ideas thousands of years ago, his philosophy has a great impact on the education we receive today. The main idea of Aristotle was that through education and learning, children become good and virtuous individuals in socie... ... middle of paper ... ...tle, who believed that education and society go hand-in-hand.
Language is another topic of discussion for Finley as he writes about the Greek language and its Indo-European family. The dialectical nature of the Greeks is also discussed because of the necessity for one to understand how the different polis around Greece were not unified. Yet, they established a universal alphabet that was initially adopted from the Phoenicians. Finley discusses the importance of myth through the progression of all great civilizations and how Homer and the Greeks were no different. For the Greek peoples myths were a ceremonial aspect in their culture, but their... ... middle of paper ... ...acked by the Achaeans.
After reading the section “Philosophies of Education,” I believe that learning, learners, and teaching needs to to be interactive, that students learn best when their lessons are active, challenging and relevant in their world and that they learn through experience. Teaching would include less textbooks, more hands-on activities and the use of technology in the classroom. To be an effective teacher, we need to understand how children learn and realize that not all will fit into one mold and we shouldn 't expect them to either, they need to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions. Some teaching strategies may work great for one student in the classroom yet may not work for all. Therefore, our teaching and the curriculum used
But questions like these are not looked upon favorably by an indoctrinated s... ... middle of paper ... ...t benifit off of keeping others in the dark that are in high positions within different areas of society even with their power, their problem is that humans that are capable of critically thinking still occupy the spaces below them and can awaken at any time that they overcalculate and push to far. Humantity can advance further and education is it's key. People in general still have to strive for excellence. It will not just come to them. I believe that education is not just memorization but learning how to materialize dreams into reality.