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ERIC Number: ED573418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Why Do We Educate? Are the Proposed BC K-12 Education Directions Appropriate for Future Economies, and for the Needs of a Diverse and Democratic Society? BCTF Research Report. RR2014-07
Naylor, Charlie
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
In the opening of this paper, critical questions regarding the role of education are asked. Is it to make a living or to build a better world? To serve the needs of industry or to build a democratic society? Should the "educated citizen" be a critical thinker? A person who lives in a sustainable way and cares for the environment? An entrepreneur? Some of these? All of these? Something else altogether? This paper makes the case that there needs to be a wider public debate on the purposes of British Columbia's public education system. Such a debate might better inform how much of a system's focus should be preparation for employment, and what the nature of employment might be in the years to come. It also makes the case that education is about so much more than preparation for work. It's also about the nature of our connections and relationships with each other and with the planet on which we live. It's about how we create and sustain the capacity to recognize and build on our population's diversity as an asset to create a harmonious multi-cultural and democratic society. The purposes of education include grander and more important concepts than the narrow frame which is currently being developed. This paper makes the case that the question "Why do we educate?" should be discussed, and the ensuing discussions should inform policy.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada), Research Department
Identifiers - Location: Canada