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What is "Education"?

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:45

Take a moment and think about what the word "education" means. What does it mean to you? Does the word mean going to school every day? Does it mean gaining knowledge taught by teachers at school? Or does it mean learning in general?

The definition from Merriam-Webster is as the following:
1. The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
2. The knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
3. A field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching

To me, education means someone learns how to think effectively, logically, and critically. Just as what Dr. Martin Luther King detailed out," Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." In-school education or not, the goal should be cultivating young people to be incisive thinkers and to gain knowledge through experience, good or bad. Therefore we must teach all aspects of life to children including music, art, behaviors, and social living. Nowadays, our education has skewed to only focus on academic achievement. We have neglected what all other things that kids need to grow. Plants can't grow just with water, it needs carbon-dioxide, sunlight, and other nutrients. By the same token, kids can't develop properly if they only receive academic stimulus. They also need everything else.

"If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts." Dr. Martin Luther King said. Let's be careful, let's work with kids and make sure they are learning all what they need to learn.

所謂的「教育」到底是什麼? 是每天去學校上學? 還是在學校吸收老師傳授的知識? 又或者,只是學習的一種統稱? 韋氏字典對「教育」的定義為:
1. 一個教學培育的行為或過程,通常在學校、學院或大學中進行
2. 在學校、學院或大學所獲取的知識、技巧和理解能力
3. 一個關於教學方法和教學問題的研究領域

對我來說,教育是指一個人學習如何分辨事物邏輯、衡量正反因素、並從而做出客觀理性分析的過程。就像美國民權運動領袖馬丁路德金恩博士所說的: 「智慧加上品格才是教育真正的目標,完整的教育不僅要讓學生專注,還要讓學生專注地學習他們覺得值得去學的東西。」無論教育是否在學校進行,教學的目標都應該是讓孩子去體驗生活的好與壞,進而從中培養思考的能力。因此,我們應該讓孩子去學習音樂、美術、操行品德和社交能力,而不是只去學習國、英、數、自、社等學業科目。現今的教育太過重視於主科而忽略了其他藝能科目和生活技巧,使得孩子們沒辦法均衡地學到生活的每一個層面。植物成長需要的不只是水分,它還需要二氧化碳、陽光和養分等其他要件。相對的,孩子的成長需要的也不只是學業科目,他們也需要其他層面的知識、技巧和經驗。


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