The Function of Education
As human being, people try to explore the world and make it develop to increase the life’s standard. Throughout the thousand and thousand years of discovering, creating, and contributing the world, people have collected the huge treasure of knowledge. The following generations inherit this treasure and build up it. Education is the process that we inherit the knowledge. However, what we use this heritage for? More specifically, what is the function of education? In Think on These Things, Jiddu Kristnamurti has considered about the function of education, and he said “is it the function of education to help us understand the whole process of life, or is it merely to prepare us for a vocation, for the best job we can get?” Following the though of Jiddu Kristnamurti, the main function of education is development of society and individual. We try to understand how the education play its function as development and whether the function of education can do its job perfectly in our system now. When we do the comparison between the non-developed country and the developed country, we can see the big difference in education between these two groups. Education is the main resource to contribute the economy, politic of one country. If we go to the individual person, education is the material to build the character, personality, the knowledge, and also the position in community. Education is the key point to make the development for the society and individual. In the individual, education plays the role of development in three main ways: development of knowledge, development of moral behavior and development of the social position. In the role as development of knowledge, education is the heritage of knowledge that is transferred generation to generation, so every individual person explores this heritage to increase the knowledge. In generally, knowledge is the facts, information, or skill that we discover or learn through the experience of education. Education is the method for making the development of knowledge for people and also for the knowledge itself. As human beings, people are the direct object of education; in fact, people immerse themselves deeply in educational environment. While we are growing up, we spend about twenty years for education in school, college and university, then we continue our studying in our job. When education plays the role of development, it is the environment that makes knowledge by enabling an individual to discover, create and develop. Development of moral behavior is the important role of education. Every individual person has their own character, personality, and their inborn potentiality. Education is the environment to modify, or adjust their character direct to the standard morality. The diversity of character and personality is the resource to make our world more copious; however, it also makes the community more complicated. The instinct of existence controls our behavior to do whatever to keep living. The education does its role by making people understand how their personality, behavior affect to the community. Then education helps them to adjust their behavior to accord with the community. After developing knowledge and moral behavior, education is the main tool to develop social position. People have a trend to go up, no go down. We never accept our position, but we expect to get higher and higher. It is the reason that makes our world develops. To reach the higher position in social community, education is the way to satisfy our expectation. In society, the education has the function of developing of living standard, and developing of social and moral value. When we go to a poor country in Africa, they have a very low living standard, and we wonder why they have the same resources with other country, even they have more possibly, but they are still poor and suffering from famine. Through this example, we can recognize that education is an...
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