Introduction of Education

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Purpose of education

- Prepare students for the working world, for employment: credible labour force

- Develop skills: social skills, critical thinking
- Impart knowledge: accumulation of knowledge
- How to be an educated person / a good citizen, unity, national identity - Building up character, facing adversity, ethics
- Teaching right from wrong ( conformity?
- Understand matters in life

Types of education

- Liberal education: education including the arts, equal weight given to arts and sciences
( Literature, history and appreciation of the arts
- Home schooling
- Family education (parental guidance)
- Informal and formal education (skills and academics)
- Experiential learning
- National education
- All-round education

Overemphasis on excellence eroding purpose of education?

- Pursuit of achievement: meritocracy, guided by principle of progress: development - Credible labour force to satisfy economic needs
( Knowledge: improve ability to handle learning in future
( English teaches us communication skills
- Career
( Secure better jobs because past excellent track records show that individual has capability of handling what is required of him - National identity
( People strive for economic growth, creating prosperity, increasing standard of living of people, making them happy and hence more loyal to the nation
( National education
( BUT increasingly competitive
( Uneven distribution of income
( Cannot eliminate discrimination, likely that discrimination will prevail - Disunity
( Rise of elitism: encouraging unhealthy competition
( SAP, independent schools, IP
- Compromises ethical values
( Too concerned with quest of excellence, may try to excel using underhanded means ( Undermines moral development, ignore ethical means
( Conceal knowledge, unwilling to share knowledge with people

Thinking mind better than accumulation of knowledge?

- Develop...
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