What is Education?

After spending what would amount to of nearly a lifetime of being involved in education—one way or the other—as student, as college student, as substitute teacher, ‘Credentialed’ teacher, student again to a university renown for its School of Education, which usually means either a teacher preparation program (TPP) or the all inclusive Master’s of Education degree (M.Ed.).

Suffice it to say that the academic environment is different for me than for most of my traditional counterparts. Once one earns a Master’s degree or post graduate Doctorate degree they normally become involved either directly with the university they attended, or start as an adjunct or associate professor at any number of institutions.

I absolutely love the academic buzz! For those who haven’t been, let me just suggest that you take a course at the local community college, or if you’re the right age or if you’ve missed the electrified atmosphere of the education arena, try the local university.

I am not saying that an individual needs to uproot their lives, families, or employment status; all I am saying is that there is a sense of excitement on college campuses that is unlike most other situations one would find themselves. And for that notion, I promise to write another article that addresses only that notion. 

This article is about education in the 21st century. I am going to gently ask four (4) questions and hope to illicit some response from whoever, albeit education professionals, other students, or the general public.

What is this thing we call education? Why do we in the USA have education?


What is the primary function of education?  What are some goals of education?

Ending of Part 1 on a multi-part series on Education.

There are specific answers to each of these questions. However, in most circles of educational academia, the answers can be as diverse as everything. This is meant to be a teaser question: If you are a parent, relative, and perhaps most of all, a tax paying citizen that sees your money going toward the local school district, YOU should be looking and answering these questions.


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