Examining the Mechanism of Education
Many observers have debated the concept of education. In a previous post, I referenced two theorists. I examined the views espoused by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Dewey.
Throughout their careers, these thinkers have debated the mechanism through which one person could transfer information to another. In this instance, I am referring to the mode of the delivery of information itself. Keep in mind that the approaches proffered by the aforementioned thinkers are theoretical in nature. However, one way or another, their views have shaped education in modern societies.
From the practical lens, philosophical views have not really had a major impact on the practical side of education. That being said, most observers are convinced that education must reflect sound theoretical principles. Nevertheless, there is a certain preference towards the practical side of education. As inferred earlier, not everyone is on the same page.
An Ongoing Debate
The debate is still brewing regarding the purpose of education. While there is no consensus regarding the need of education, there is a tendency to regard the concept as a collective necessity. But very few people tend to regard education as an individual need.
With the exception of certain positions advanced by John Dewey, educational theories have seldom made a tangible dent in educational practice. In any case, the understanding is that education is a means to an end. That end, many are also convinced, is for collective progress.
The problem is that the best way to achieve that end still eludes most professionals in education. Many have found it necessarily to revamp their approach to the process itself. Nonetheless, there is no uniformity as to what the outcome should be.
A Holistic Approach
I would say that both John Dewey and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s approaches to education have their merit. But I would not advocate in favor of one to the detriment of the other. As I always say, there is more to education than meets the eye. I prefer a holistic approach to the process.
The purpose of education, I would further contend, must be an individual prerogative. To that extent, we could best examine the concept from both a theoretical/philosophical and a practical standpoint. This is the best way to examine the mechanism of education.