10 Aims of Education

10 Aims of Education

     “The objective of education is not the production of self confident fools.”(Bruner, Jerome. Process of education, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard university press)

     “The school should always have as its aim that the young man leave it as a harmonious personality. not as a specialist.  The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost.” (Albert Einstein. Out of my later years, New York: philosophical library.1960).

     What is harmonious personality? what aspects could we include to bring out a harmonious personality? Different schools of thought highlight various personality traits.

          1. Qualities of responsibility
          2. Problem solving ability with his own needs.
          3. Maturity with moral values.
          4. Self awareness to reach the zenith of self actualization.
          5. Intellectually and emotionally strong
          6. qualities of independent thinking and judgement.
          7. Decision making capabilities and feeling of security.
          8. The process of self discovery.
          9. Skills of socially adaptability
         10. Skills associated with art, technology, culture, nature etc.

The WHO has laid down ten core life skills:
          1. Self awareness
          2. Empathy
          3. Critical thinking
          4. Creative thinking
          5. Decision making
          6. Problem solving
          7. Effective communication
          8. Interpersonal Relationship
          9. coping with stress
        10. coping with emotions

We as parents and teachers should ensure that these qualities of life skills are imbibed in our children. Emphasis should also be laid to develop qualities of:
          1. Spirit of scientific inquiry
          2. Technology literacy
          3. Global and cultural awareness

What are your views on “Aims of Education’?
   

2 Comments

Veena Samartha Posted on8:57 am - Jul 2, 2016

Vety well laid out thoughts. The only aspect that i can think of is for education to increase the affinity of students towards nature and natural ecosystems. This is grossly missing in urban life and hence impacts the natural cultivation of compassion and socila living in urbaan children.

sahana sundar Posted on3:08 pm - Jul 2, 2016

Learning amidst nature benefits children in multiple ways. Primarily, it improves concentration and enhances social skills. It is a wonderful experience for both teachers and students. Learning in nature especially for urban children is an effective teaching-learning strategy and should definitely be a part of the curriculum.

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