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The Purpose of Education and Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind

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Purpose of Education

What is the purpose of education? Is education about preparing students for a specific career or is it about teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently? There have been several goals of education over the years. Some included preparing children for citizenship, to prepare for the skilled workforce, to teach literacy, to help students become critical thinkers and to help students compete in a global marketplace. I believe that for the 21st century , the purpose of education is to prepare children to compete in the global environment.
According to Daniel Pink, an author of A Whole New Mind, he states that as a society, we went from the “ Knowledge Age” and are now in a “ Conceptual Age” where our problems no longer have a single answer. Success in the knowledge age was mainly determined by a “SAT” score- a series of tests that require logic and analysis to identify a single correct answer. This does not meet the needs of the conceptual age-which requires creativity, innovation and design skills. Mr. Pink states that today, a successful member of society must be valued for their unique contributions and their ability to think creatively, take initiative and incorporate a global perspective into their decisions. I agree, that education is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits have changed from one generation to the next. To be successful in todays society one must be “different” or “unique” and incorporate a global perspective in their decisions. One must learn the basics of education and school to advance within society.
For years the main purpose of education has been to transfer knowledge and prepare students to ...

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...n to hear more frequently that the function of education is to give children a desire to learn and to teach them how to use their minds and where to go to acquire facts when they are curious. As the great majority of our children are being educated in public schools, it is all important that the standards of citizenship should be of the best. Whether we send our children to private school or public school. Is education preparing students for a specific career or is it about teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently? For the 21st century the purpose of education is to prepare children to compete in the global environment with the skills to think critically with innovation and design.

Works Cited
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