What is education for?


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.