Briefly discuss what education claims to do for us. What do sociologists show it often does? Illustrate with examples from the Caribbean
Education begins the day we are born and ends the day we die (Ballantinee and Hammack). According to Haralambos and Holborn education involves the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Although this is may be seen as the most appropriate explanation for what education is regarded as universally, education in modern developed and developing societies is generally implanted by the is offered at the institutional, or formal learning centers in society. In developed and developing countries, this formal education is becoming increasingly important as the level of educational attainment is usually associated with where you stand in your income, social status and the level of respect shown by others. Many of us grew up with the importance of education drilled into our brains. We are told to take our schoolwork seriously and in most if not all countries children are required to attend school until we get to a certain age. We are told that school days will be the best days of our lives and that the formal and informal experiences we gain at school will be cherished by us for the rest of our lives. According to the World Bank, Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. Thus a high level of educational attainment appears to be the gateway to “success” in life and the answers to our social problems. According to Tyler Cowen; Men are born beasts. But education gives you a peer group, a self-image, and some skills as well. Getting an education is like becoming a Marine. Men need to be made into Marines. By choosing many years of education, you are telling yourself that you stand on one side of the social divide. The education itself drums that truth into you. Education claims that upon entering the school ground that each child is faced with an equal opportunity for educational attainment, and chance to determine their future. Education claims to benefit us both individually and as a society. Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one (Malcolm S. Forbes). He is supported by William Haley who states that Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. Aman Sharma identifies six functions of education for the individual; Education helps the child to develop the inborn potentialities of child providing scope to develop, education helps to modify the past behaviour through learning and through different agencies of education, education aims at the all round development of child-physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual; after completion of education the child can earn its livelihood, education should be imparted according to the own interest of the child, the whole personality of the child is developed physically, intellectually, morally, socially, aesthetically and spiritually and that he is recognized in the society and alternatively man tries his best to adjust with his own environment through education. As a society the claims of the functions of education are; Social change and control: Education helps to walk with the development of science and technology, it influences and encourages creativity and exploration. Education helps the individual to reconstruct the experience and adjust with the environment. Education teaches the moral value and social value like co-operation, tolerance, sympathy, fellow feelings, love affection, respect towards elder, helping the poor and needy persons. Education teaches us to give equal opportunities in all aspects irrespective of caste, creed, color, sex and religion. Inculcation of civic and social responsibility, education...
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