What is education for?

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Education enlarges our vision and increases our wisdom so that we can catch more of life than you would be able to reach without.

Education should develop these six competencies:

  • To challenge and critically analyze the basic assumptions (the “big ideas”) that shape our lives and the lives of those around us
  • To make increasingly complex decisions on a daily basis
  • To understand and appreciate the interconnection of everything
  • To cope with rapid change
  • To simultaneously perform effectively in the profession of one’s choice and to critically evaluate that profession in terms of the larger global issues of the day.
  • To continually promote personal enrichment

From “What’s an Education for?”, an essay by Frederick L. Kirschenmann in his book Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher.

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