Is Education A Good Thing?

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Is education in our society today well rounded enough to prepare students for a successful future for themselves? “It’s time to educate the whole person, not just follow regulations and exam pathways” (Robinson.) We can all agree that having an education is a good thing, but can we really say that formal education, is really allowing a student to achieve their full potential? The system works great for information seekers, and it doesn’t really acknowledge the people who are creative, and the out of the box thinkers. Everyone is different; therefore not everyone is going to excel in an environment where it is based on memorization. Formal education restrains our minds and spirits rather than set them free because it’s industrialized, it…show more content…
We’re discouraged to think outside of the box, and be creative. Instead of discouraging the student own individuality, why don’t they instead allow the student to take the time to figure it out him or herself, and if they get it wrong, let them try it again until they get it right. How many times in your life have you had people tell you that you shouldn’t do something, or tell you that something wasn’t a good idea? You hear it, but it’s when you do it yourself, and learn from it that you really take away the lesson that is to be taught. The facts that we have to memorize now could be completely irrelevant in five or more years from now. “The current K-12 system isn 't preparing students for today 's needs. An example of the gap in our education system is found in the shortage of graduates from the programs that meet the insatiable demands of our knowledge economy.” (Baker.) In schools is information all that really matters? The educational system today is discouraging students from reaching their full potential of actually learning. They do this by making them conform to their system, which is restraining them to think outside of the box and awaken their minds. Formal education values certain subjects over others. You won’t find an education system that values art and dance, the same way that they do, English and math. No matter where you go in the world, you will find that every educational system holds math, language, and science at the top.
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