The Purpose of Education: Survive or Thrive?
Diploma of early childhood education and care consist of a number of competencies (units) which when packaged together provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge which will enable them to carry out a range of tasks from introductory/intermediate levels (Cert III) to more advanced/management level functions (Diploma).Growing up in North America and in most westernized cultures, we have been indoctrinated with the concept, “In order to get a good job, you need a good education.” Indeed with the world shrinking, the global community is now latching on to this principle. Today we’re going to talk about the real purpose of education – YOUR purpose of education… is it to merely to survive or do you want to thrive?
There’s no question
that in this age of information and communication, a minimum standard of
education is an absolute requisite just to exist. Those of us who are
able to read these words simply cannot imagine what it must be like to
be illiterate and try to function in this world. Yet for many reasons,
an unsettlingly large part of the world’s population remains uneducated.
The primary purpose of education then would seem to help us get by.
Are We Serving This Purpose of Education?
many – if not most – nations around the world have laws that make
education freely available to everyone. With three basic styles readily
accessible – formal, non-formal and informal learning – there is a
method of education to suit just about anyone. All that’s left to do is
for an individual to decide his or her own purpose of education and what
amount is necessary to survive and/or thrive.
Let’s take a brief
look at the three systems of schooling and see how they are currently
serving an individual’s purpose of education.
How The Formal System Serves The Purpose of Education
formal system is perhaps the most familiar, not to mention the most
accepted form of education among the industrialized nations. It’s the
system responsible for ‘getting a good education in order to get a good
job’ rationale. While there are no guarantees for anyone to live
‘happily ever after’, there’s no question that those who successfully
survive formal education have a definite advantage in today’s world.
is the key word here. For those with a purpose of education of getting a
piece of paper, formal education can be a very long process…
impossibly long! In my own experience, approximately 2,000 students
enrolled at my college back in 1971. Four years later, only 40 of us
graduated with a Bachelor Degree.
Today, I am moving away from the
main discipline that decorates my diploma. At least I had 30+ years to
apply and earn a living from what I learned. Not everyone is so lucky.
Stories abound of over-qualified degree holders, flipping hamburgers and
parking cars because there is no work for them in their field.
does the formal system serve the purpose of education? If we’re talking
basic survival, then it’s definitely ‘Yes’! Is it worth all the years
of boring ‘mandatory’ courses to chase a degree that might not even be
worth the paper it’s printed on? Talk about a leading question!:)
The Non-Formal System and the Purpose of Education
non-formal system is similar to the formal in that both have a common
goal of obtaining a piece of paper – either a diploma or certificate –
that supposedly eases entry into the working world. The advantage of the
non-formal system is that it offers individuals a little more
flexibility in terms of location and scheduling.
enroll in part-time or full-time courses taking place during the day or
on evenings and weekends, giving the ability to work around current jobs
and/or childcare and other responsibilities. Alternative distance
learning and self-study programs are also available for those who
require the utmost versatility.
As mentioned, stringent
requirements of attendance, assignments, tests and a list of
co-requisites still exist in order to pass each course. Individuals must
carefully consider all factors to determine if this systems satisfies
the purpose of education, and ultimately if it is worth it in the long
Informal System Is Best for the Purpose of Education
I’m biased and I know that many will disagree with me. That’s the whole
point of initiating and stimulating this discussion!
trained in the formal system for 16 years and taught a formal system of
education for over 30 years. That’s why I can say that the INFORMAL
system is for me, by far, the best to suit most people’s purpose of
education. The informal system is like a giant buffet. You get to choose
the exact courses that will serve your immediate needs. You assimilate
the material and apply it as you like.
are no certificates or diplomas to chase. Nothing to prove to anyone
other than the results you show from having studied something you are
passionate about. No taking unnecessary courses that have absolutely no
meaning or interest to you. (For example, as a music education major in
college, I was required to take courses such as biology and political
science. What a waste of my time, especially with the latter subject!)
you, would I want to be operated on by a doctor who studied only
informally? Of course NOT! The point of this article is to question the
purpose of education – does it help us to survive and thrive in 2009 and
beyond? Put another way, do we all need to strive to become doctors in
order to survive and thrive?
For the vast majority of us, the
answer is a resounding, “NO”! Yet, what is the advice the vast majority
of us receive? “In order to get a good job…” with the implication that
the only way to do this is through formal education.
In my music studio, I’ve had students who obtained their advanced performance ‘certificate’. Yet they can’t play a note for you today. I have other students who didn’t care about the paper chase. They just wanted to play for the love of it! And oh, how they can play!
Who would you pay to listen to… the ‘paper’ boy, or the musician?
I rest my case.
The bottom line is, you don’t need a formal or non-formal education to survive and thrive. For most of us, the informal smorgasbord will suit our purpose of education just nicely.
Now I might have just saved
some of you thousands of dollars and years of your life if you thought
the formal system was the only way to go. (you are very welcome!)
You just gotta Love That Feeling!
The world can seem like a crazy place sometimes…
OK, a LOT of the time!
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