Opposing Viewpoints on the Purpose of Education

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Opposing Viewpoint On The Purpose Of Education

Within ones early stages of life, our parents along with many other authority figures have instilled in us that education is the key to all success. One is taught to work hard in school, to study, and ultimately to get good grades in our early years of schooling to prepare us for what many see as the last step in our education, college. Education has made made freely available to our children at an equal opportunity and again has been instilled that it is the key to all success in life. Tom Luck the author of the poem “You Go to School to Learn,” bluntly states the harsh reality that one's education is provided to the extant of whatever skills that can be gained, to ensure them money. Tom Luck argues, “you’re taught away from poetry or, say, dancing (“That's nice, dear, but there's no dough in it”). So what are we teaching our children? What is the purpose of education? Several views are strongly debated. Many believe that the purpose of education in the dominant big-business view in which education means enabling one to be trained to work in a skillful workplace, at low wages, and then there is the view that education is more than learning a skill for a specific job, it is about teaching our children lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and think independently. Those with the view that education is more, argue that education is key for building the critical abilities that are entailed for complicated human beings. There are many people that encourage the saying, “Knowledge is power. Bertolt Breckt, writer of the poem, “Praise of Learning,” is an advocate writer that strongly believes there is no time frame or limit to learning and bettering ones education. Breckt also strongly believed that education was not just in the means of a school, but that one could learn endlessly from those surrounding, and of all stereotypes. In the second verse of Bertolt Breckt's poem he expresses: “Learn, man in the asylum! / Learn, man in prison! / Learn, wife in the kitchen! / Learn, man of sixty!/ Seek out the school, you who are homeless! / Sharpen your wits, you who shiver! / Hungry man, reach for the book: It is a weapon. / You must take over leadership.”(lines 8-15) I feel that Breckt indomitably feels that one can never stop learning as long as on keeps an open mind and not just in an educational setting such as school, but to learn in observation of those one wouldn't think to have wisdom to share. To learn from the everyday person. Within the quote, Breckt is stating that even those of simplicity, or those living in caos mentally or physically can still be learned from. One's everyday life, and everyday struggles, even from the average person, can still posses knowledge to be gained. New York state, along with many other states, have been involved in a constant battle over the determination of whether the state is paying enough towards the public school systems. Many strongly believe that this, what seems to be an endless battle, resembles to the public as a “rhetorical war over money,” states Robert F. Worth and Anemona Hartocollis is their article, “Johnny Can Read, but Well Enough to Vote?” The key argument, or key question that is of which the government remains to determine, is, “What is the minimal obligation of government to educate it's children?” Worth and Hartocollis reiterate in their article that, “ the court ruled that schools were obligated by the state Constitution to do nothing more than prepare students for low-level jobs, for serving on a jury and for reading campaign literature - - the equivalent, the court suggested of an eighth- or a ninth-grade education.” If the state lowers its standards, and only provides our children with the educational level equal to that of an eighth- or ninth-grade education, than to me it would seem that the state is more worried about money, than the education of our children. Education...
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