The Purpose of Education

From The Purpose of Education

Chomsky defines his view of education in an Enlightenment sense, in which the “highest goal in life is to inquire and create. The purpose of education from that point of view is just to help people to learn on their own. It’s you the learner who is going to achieve in the course of education and it’s really up to you to determine how you’re going to master and use it.” An essential part of this kind of education is fostering the impulse to challenge authority, think critically, and create alternatives to well-worn models.


The question that plagues educational reformers at the primary and secondary levels: “Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?


The purpose of education is a fascinating and often controversial topic and requires a bit of reflection.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more. I strongly feel that the purpose of schools is to facilitate children interact with others, make friendship, etc resulting in social skills. And in the process, each kid will figure out what he/she wants to do in life. Schools are for social skills not a place giving employment guarantee.

    Nowadays, people send their kids to school only so that they can get employed later in life. Sad.

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