Politics of Education

Topics: Education, Higher education, Politics Pages: 37 (6836 words) Published: May 21, 2014

Corner Stone University, Jerusalem Israel & USA.,
Port Harcourt Campus.
Term paper on: Politics Of Education Are Various Intrigues And Maneuverings That Happen Within The Education Sector Particularly In Schools, Discuss. Course: Politics of Education
A Term Paper presented by:
Chidiebere Okoro
Department: Education
Lecturer: Pastor Larry Sobuite
Sept.24, 2013

Content Page Introduction 3 Politics versus education 5 The positive role of bureaucracy 9 Change as a panacea 15 The Politics And Power Of Education 19 Conclusion 29 Reference 30

The Interplay between Politics and Education in Nigeria: Any Symbiotic Relationship? Introduction
Education takes actual visible form in educational systems. They either are the work of states or are approved and supervised by them. No educational system can escape from the political community in which it operates. The system must reflect what the political community wants it to do. The system can set formally to change the community only if the community includes change of this kind among its aims. No doubt every educational system contains some germ of true education and is therefore likely to have side effects unexpected by and unwelcome to its sponsors. To this end, this paper takes a critical look into the influence of politics on the educational system in Nigeria. What good has emanated from the supposed symbiotic relationship between education and politics? What harm has politics unleashed on education? And what steps need be taken to straighten issues? Answers to the aforementioned and allied questions are the main focus of this write-up. Keywords: Politics, Education, Community, Symbiotic

1. Introduction
In the closing decades of the twentieth century, education seemed destined to become the principal preoccupation of all states. Once a luxury of rich countries and individuals, a means of preparing citizens for their station in life, or at least a way of taking care of the young until they were old enough to go to work, education came to be regarded as at once a right of the individual and a necessity to the state. The right to education arises out of democratic ideas – everybody should have a chance to become intelligent – and out of the special emphasis that all countries have come to place on employment, or a right to work. When a statistical connexion could be established between an individual schooling and his employability and income, the right to work had to lead to the right to schooling (Adeyemo, 2000). As opined by Abdu (2003), democratic ideas became interwoven with the belief that education was the only path to a useful and productive life. In 1964, for instance, the President of the United States of America justified his interest in advancing education by saying it has been his passport from his parents’ condition, that of tenant farmers, to the one he had himself achieved. Thus, education came to be regarded as a necessity to the state because it seemed to be the path to prosperity and power. This idea was not wholly new. More important, perhaps, was the notion that the advance of industry and technology was intimately bound up with the expansion of education. The larger the pool of literate, schooled citizens, the greater the possibilities of industrial, technological, and scientific progress. This notion rapidly gained ground after the scientists had shown what they could do during...

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