Cornel West - The Purpose of Education
From what I can gather according to Cornel West the purposes of Education as he believes is to take what you assumed to be true about life and let that all go. Wipe the slate clean in your mind of what you thought you knew and allow "education" to show you what life is really about. So many of us are just living for the moment and on the surface, life is way more complex than that and with the proper education we would be able to move in the right direction.
By being educated you will be able to learn how to think for yourself, make yourself aware of what’s going on in the world, a chance to grow and mature, ask yourself what type of person am I becoming, what type of legacy am I going to leave. Find out what it means to be a "human". Examine yourself learn how to live more critically more decently. Learning how to "die" so that you can "live. Education gives you the opportunity to fall in love with wisdom. Wisdom that you need to make the right decisions that affect you and may affect everyone around you.
Education is not an easy purist, but life has taught us that anything worth working hard for is worth having. So to not even attempt to seek knowledge is like walking around blindly, just believing what the world tells you at face value. Cornel West believes that in order for us Americans have a bright future, we need to be "woken up" to things we don’t see or don’t know, and the only way to do this is by educating ourselves.