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Philosophy of Education

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What is the purpose and function of Education?As I see it, Education is a life-long endeavor to gain skills, increase knowledge, develop relationships, and amass experiences which improve and enrich one's quality of life. None of this is in splendid isolation, but always in community; and consistently in conflict with those personal and communal forces which desire subjugation and diminishment of self-worth. Education is a struggle to overcome those internal and external forces that oppress and tyrannize: it is the concerted intellectual and emotional effort to protect against domination and illegitimate authority. Yet, it is not simply reaction to oppression; it is often spontaneous and immediate, driven by internal passions of wonder and amazement and a genuine thrill to learn and explore. Still, there is no avoiding the hierarchies of abuse that impede self-love and care for others. Thus, Education must take a dual approach: wonder and vigilence, amazment and confrontation. Often, the greatest offender is one's self. Personal beliefs, habits, appetites can keep the intellect enslaved to poisonous notions and perverse ideas, or emotionally tied to loyalties and allegiences that demean and degrade. Education is for freedom, and only the free are educated.What does an "educated person" look like and how do they behave?An Educated Person in interested and interesting: probing an idea, examining a image, discussing a course of action, revelling in a muscial score, listening intently to the fears, ancieties, concerns of another, building a project, gathering resources, solving a problem, engaging in sport, performing on stage, mending a wound, providing a meal, touching carefully and soothingly, challenging a loud mouth and braggart, exposing the lies of the powerful, and demanding extreme self-control and sacrifice. They are delightful to watch when doing what they love most to do. They fill the beaten and oppressed with hope, while bringing fear and trepidation to the haters and abusers in life. Wherever they go, something new and unexpected happens, or an old familiar commonplace is given fresh shape and form, or surrounding minds are agitated to confront personal prejudices and inane convictions.
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Re: Philosophy of Education

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Didn't we already have a thread like this?
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MA: Didn't we already have a thread like this?Yes. I selected a few pieces from the original post and hoped to start it fresh. Care to join in?We can explore Public Education, Higher Education, Life-long Education, theory and practice, prominent theorists, our own experiences in School, the Ideal School, Testing, Grades, a Canon of Essential Books that all Students should Read, the Ideal Teacher, it covers a lot of ground.
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