Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Essence of Education?

I am in the process of finishing my new ebook, Foundations, when I came across an old handout from graduate school which served as a guide for students to write a statement of educational philosophy.  One of the items asks students to decide what they believed the "essence of education" is.

The choices ranged from:

  • choice
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • growth
  • reason
  • intuition
It is unclear, but I believe the handout was taken from a piece written by Patricia Jerson (1972) titled "What Is Your EP: A Test Which Identifies Your Educational Philosophy"

Since 1972, the world has changed a little (insert chuckle here).  Therefore, I ask if there needs to be any additions to those choices above.  I'm not sure any of them need to be removed, but what could possibly need to be added into the mix?  Here are a few ideas.
  • creativity
  • collaboration
  • innovation
  • virtue
Now, let's ask the question (sorry for the pop quiz!):

What is the essence of education?  Choose all that apply. (Hint: There is no right or wrong answer)
  • Choice
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Growth
  • Reason
  • Intuition
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Virtue
  • All of the above
  • None of the above 




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