The History of Education

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Being asked how to define education is essentially a trick question. Education does not have one set definition. It is a blend of theories, thoughts and concepts that have radically changed over time. We can look at different parts of education in attempt to define education, but in reality this will never come to be. The history of education can be looked at socially, economically and politically to gain different perspectives on what education is. Historical and contemporary criticisms can be studied as different viewpoints on what flaws the public education system holds. We can talk about what school in reality is actually teaching our children. Finally we can discuss the future of educations history in hopes to allow neoliberalism and globalization to minimalize our wide range of information that needs to be taken into consideration in the attempt of making a definition of what education truly is. History plays an interesting role in the nature of education, for time has certainly been a controlling in the changes of our education system socially, economically and politically. It all begins in the 1800’s. The 1800’s introduced the first set of three R’s, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic where the teacher knows best and politically a better adult with a better job meant a productive society (Betts, 2011a). By the 1960’s education had changed. The three R’s were transformed into rules, regulations and rituals, which were discovered in the hidden curriculum and meant that children were gaining more then just education in school (Betts, 2011a). By 1980 and in today’s education, we see a whole new system with transformation beyond belief. The school resembles a miniature workplace that is much more powerful then it has ever been... ... middle of paper ... ...tory of education through yet another lens. Works Cited Betts, A. (2011a). EDUC 1F95 Lecture 3, September 30, 2011. St. Catharines, ON: Brock University. Betts, A. (2011b). EDUC 1F95 Lecture 5, October 6, 2011. St. Catharines, ON: Brock University. Davis, S. & Guppy, N. (2006). The Growth of Modern Schooling. In the schooled society: An introduction of the sociology of education. Toronto: Oxford University. McNamara, J. (2011). CHYS 1F90 [Lecture Notes]. St. Catharines, ON: Brock University, Department of Child and Youth Studies. Neil, A. S. (1960). The Idea of Summerhill: A radical approach to child rearing. New York: Hart Publishing Company, pp. 3-12. Total expected pages: 10. Total book pages: 392. Waldorf School Association of Ontario. (2011). Waldorf Education. Introducing a truly holistic education. Retrieved from

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