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The Purpose of Education The purpose of our modern education The delicate tools necessary for our intellectual workshop are achieved by schooling I suspect that our best tools are realized rather automatically but if there is to be outside influence then best it is done early as the human mind matures all too rapidly Children are not consumed with anxiety to learn anything least of all has it ever crossed their minds that they must learn English How shall we teach it to them when the few of us who have begun to know what it is know it to be a issue of accommodations a thing with which order method and all that the developing mind first apprehends and rests upon have nothing to do with a single word A kind of miraculous flowering of mans still unconscious wisdom preserved to us as a compensation for our many blunderings as a reward for our patience in confusion and our fundamental faith in life Education might be defined as a social process by which skills and beliefs attitudes and ideas of the previous generations are passed to the new generation it is a process which is necessary for the maintenance achievement and development of man in society Gerstner States in the public schools we have clung tenaciously to the ideas and techniques of earlier decades and even previous centuries proving that each generation depends on the preceding generation This definition assumes a biological view of society one that grows and evolves with each new generation depending on the growth of previous generations We all come into this world uniform and from the start we are obliged to turn to others and while we need a lot of help when we are young nature has compensated by building into the young a susceptibility to learning So no matter what ones view is of what an educational system should be most will
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