The Purpose of Education Essay

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What is the purpose of education? What do we seek from it? How does it better our lives? What is the role of public schools? These are all important questions, but first I am going to give a brief summary of the text by Timothy McMannon entitled The Public Purpose of Education and Schooling. McMannon gives the reader plenty of reasons for why we need education and how it helps us and our society; he starts by explaining that in past cultures schooling was not done in a formal school but in “the community, the family, and the church” (McMannon 1). Some cultures even believed that education was something that took a lifetime. The essay then progresses into explaining how education has evolved through the centuries into what it is today and…show more content…
Schools are preparing us to participate in and preserve our Democratic society and at the same time, they are preparing us to challenge what we see as injustice within our system. They shape us to become better people so that we might be model citizens in our society. We have to learn from the past and assimilate it into what we want our county to be; it is our job to govern the future of our nation. Another purpose of education that I am going to mention is the learning of basic skills. When I was younger, I was in a class where they taught you how to write a check, sew, and cook. It was a tedious class at the time, but it taught me valuable skills that I now use. Another class that is similar is Health; what you learn in that class is almost a necessity. They teach you about how to take care of your body, what foods you should eat to stay healthy, and why you should exercise. There is a book by Robert Fulghum called All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In this book, Fulghum talks about how everything that you need to know in life you learn as a child, such as: play fair, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry, and the list goes on. What you learn in school is a valuable asset to life “and it is still true no matter how old you are” (Fulghum). The ethics and principles that

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