What is education for?

A big question, one that has been asked for hundreds of years, and one that probably needs breaking down a bit. But nevertheless, Luke Zaphir from the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project writes a thoughtful piece about this in The Conversation. He focuses on two of the key positions of societies since we have been able to recognise a formal educational system [guess who started it – the ancient Greeks]. These are the idea of education for economic purpose, or what job can I do, and education for its own sake. It is a well written article which distills some of the main points and highlights just how complex the argument is, and like all good critical thinking exercises, just how impossible it is to come to a satisfactory answer.

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