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The Purpose of Education What is the purpose of education To gather an answer for that question first you must look at the most commonly accepted theories of education John Dewey and Horace Mann are two philosophers that have completely revolutionized the way the American schooling system educates students The most clear and evident purpose of education is preparation Schooling across the world regardless of topic exists solely to prepare you for that desired topic I am going to demonstrate the purpose of education by demonstrating the two most accepted theories of todays schooling system Horace Mann believed that schools should teach more practical knowledge In Fact according to educational analyst Robert Badolato He rejected the stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne saying we want something nearer to duty and business This means he favored more useful courses such as arithmetic and spelling In Manns eyes however an educated man had complete control over his destiny He argued that this would allow poverty stricken citizens become successful John Dewey on the other hand believed in what is now known as functionalism Functionalism is achieved by the implementation of many hands-on activities and visual aids Dewey was against the authoritarian teaching methods that were becoming more popular in the United States He believed that a proper method of teaching would be inform and engage the student to want to learn more In Education and Experience released late in Deweys career he criticized teaching methods that only amused or entertained students He was also against over-vocal methods such as lectures Many of these similar ideas of Dewey and Mann are what currently form our schooling system Horace Mann was born in Franklin Massachusetts in 1796 Interested in becoming successful like his parents he was educated at Brown University and went to law school at Litchfield Law School From 1827 to 1833 Horace Mann was a representative in the state of Massachusetts and from 1833 to 1837 he was
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