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Is the purpose of education the development of the person?

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Started: 4/8/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jenkinst14

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The purpose of education is development of the person because when a person is taught, they can associate their knowledge they have attained with everything else used in their daily life. As stated by Hirsch, in regards to his views on education, in The Decline of Literate Knowledge, "Why is literacy so important in the modern world? Some of the reasons, like the need to fill to forms or get a good job, are obvious that they needn"t be discussed. But the chief reason is broader. The complex undertakings of modern life depend on the cooperation of many people with different specialties in different places. Where communications fail, so do the undertakings" (1.4). Education is a necessity in today"s society because knowledge improves the world and its inhabitants. Everyone learns differently, but in the end there is a common outcome. That outcome being obtaining significant knowledge.
Shayna002

Con

You stated that "The purpose of education is development of the person because when a person is taught, they can associate their knowledge they have attained with everything else used in their daily life" this is true to a certain extent because you do use the knowledge that you were taught in school through your everyday life but what do you do if the knowlege you were taught wasnt taught the correct way? Paolo Freire stated in his reading that "education yhus becomes an act od depositing, in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the deposit". in this case the teacher is only teaching you their knowlege of things in which you arent really getting anything out of it because the knowledge you learn outside of school is what you use in your daily life.
Debate Round No. 1
jenkinst14

Pro

You stated, "The teacher is only teaching you their knowlege of things in which you arent really getting anything out of it because the knowledge you learn outside of school is what you use in your daily life." However, in your stating your argument you have to understand that in getting a job in the real world, the things that you learn outside the classroom won't be sufficient enough on an application or be used as suffcient credentials. In today's modern society, everything is revolved around education, and the subjects you learn in school are beneficial to the progression of your life and your future success. From an child to an adult, you are constantly being educated and whether you realize it or not, what you learn greatly affects your life in the present, and later your development in the future. Hirsch supports this by stating, " The most straightforward antidote to their deprivationis to make the essential information more readily available inside the schools."
Shayna002

Con

You stated that what the knowledge that the teachers teach you inside the classroom you need to fillk job credentials but what about people that dont graduate from school? Some people that dont graduate get better jobs than people that do graduate. The reason that they do get jobs is because the knowledge that they have learned outside of the classsroom. I just dont agree that the purpose of education is developmenbt of the person because education dosent define anyone personally. Yes education will get you a higher salary at a job then someone that dont have an education but just because they arent educated dosent mean they dont have knowlege. A person without education can be wiser than a person that does have an education but cant show their brightness because they didnt use the knowledge they were taught in school. Me personally I just feel the things you learn in school is just some extra things that you didnt know but in all reality dont really need to know.
Debate Round No. 2
jenkinst14

Pro

"It follows logically from the banking notion of consciousness that the educator"s role is to regulate the way the world "enters into" the students. His task is to organize a process which already occurs spontaneously, to "fill" the students by making deposits of information which he considers to constitute true knowledge. And since men "receive" the world as passive entities, education should make them more passive still, and adapt them to the world. The educated man is the adapted man, because he is better "fit" for the world. Translated into practice, this concept is well suited to the oppressor, whose tranquility rests on how well men fit the world the oppressors have created, and how little they question it" (3.4). In this quote, Freire explains that based on the banking teaching method, the main goal of the teacher is to teach based on a certain criteria or curriculum. By learning this way the student adapt better to this way of thinking, and also aids in their development and how they take in information, hence students that are educated this way can fit into the world much easier. In your argument you stated, a person without education can be wiser than a person that does have an education but can"t show their brightness because they didn"t use the knowledge they were taught in school. However, I believe true knowledge cannot just be based off of life experiences because the information you learn in school benefit you in the long run as far as your success is concerned. Teachers are the gateway to improving a child and making it easier for them to move on to their next level in life, with the idea that they would be comfortable and able to keep up with others around them.
Shayna002

Con

In your argument you stated that "I believe true knowledge cannot just be based off of life experiences because the information you learn in school benefit you in the long run as far as your success is concerned. Teachers are the gateway to improving a child and making it easier for them to move on to their next level in life, with the idea that they would be comfortable and able to keep up with others around them." So you are saying that if you arent educated you wont be able to keep up with others around you i dont agree with that statement because you can get knowledge outside of schjool who's to say that what the teacher teaches you is actually correct and even if it is correct a person that dosent go to school can probably know this on their own so basically thry are keeping up with others in the society they just werent taught the same way you were they use outside knowdge instead of school knowledge. But in my opinion knowledge is knowledge no matter where you learn it from long as you got it i feel you will be succesful in life. It just would be harder for you being that you are uneducated but with knowlege anything is possible.
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