The Value of Education Essay
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The Value of Education
Learning and knowledge are highly prized in all societies, especially here in Ireland, where there is a strong tradition of respect for education. The choices that individuals make when leaving school, in particular whether to pursue higher education or not, are likely to have a long lasting effect on their lifestyle. The main purposes for a University education involve: social, national and educational purposes and for the individual personal purposes and moral development. These topics will be addressed in the following paragraphs.
The two main institutions predominantly concerned with education are Universities and Schools. It may be argued that the main purpose of Universities is to advance the…show more content…
The advantage of widespread education is the cultivation of international skills and attitudes, contributing to the values of university education.
This intermingling of cultures and social differences causes a change in the attitudes and outlooks of society. The levelling up of living standards in our economy has created a greater sense of human dignity and freedom replacing an earlier and traditional view of inferiority. Opportunities for education, leading to promotion at work are richer and more varied. Universal education has enhanced individuals' view of the world and has created an awareness of the stream of events in other parts of the world. Which up to 1900 was prerogative of perhaps one fifth of the population. (K.G. Collier, 1959:33)
Not only does this diversity benefit social purposes but it also has certain national purposes. National reforms in higher education were a result of Europe's ability to collect information from these diverse Universities, and adapt to beneficial procedures. (Robbins report: 41) Consequently this encouraged efficiency throughout the education system, due to high levels of mobility between different European countries, and high standards were therefore demanded. These mutual exchanges of solutions to higher education problems benefit Europe as a community and benefit our Universities both
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Values are core traits and qualities that represent an individual’s beliefs and guiding principles, which form the foundation of who we are. Values of people in society differ from one another due to the culture, upbringing, religious beliefs and many other experiences that shape each and every human being. Primarily, values are fundamentally taught at a young age, these values are predominantly learnt from family and friends, the community and through education. Therefore, schools and teachers have the opportunity to input into children positive and worthwhile values, to help build and strengthen personal and social skills and responsibilities. (Chilana, Dewan 1998, p 65) This paper outlines…show more content…
Understanding, tolerance and inclusion: Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others (Lovat, Toomey 2007 p. xv), Doing your best. This value can be viewed upon as someone trying their hardest, accomplishing something worthy and admirable and aiming to do and be better. The problem with this value however, is the basis of the word best. What is the best, how is the best measured and how does one feel about doing their best. From personal experiences, the brighter student in the class were not looked upon as people who were admirable because they scored 100% in their maths test or little Johnny in music that would sing with all his might but sounded more like a broken record. In both situations each person was giving it their all best, but is it the best result they anticipate with results they desired? Some actions or practices are good in themselves (intrinsic good) and other things are good only because of their consequences (instrumental good). (Freakley, Gilbert, MacSporran 2008 p.33-34) As teachers it is therefore our role to establish to students to seek to do their best intrinsically, to be self motivated and persevere in doing so whether it be at home, school or daily activities, this then coincides to help further develop students independence, worthiness and appreciation of one self.
Secondly, let’s look at value four,