What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? – The Washington Post

Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to change the mission statement of the University of Wisconsin by replacing “search for truth” and “improve the human condition” with “meet the state’s workforce needs” has provoked a backlash. Many Republicans like Walker see  higher education solely in terms of job training. This narrow and myopic view of education has gained traction recently and has made colleges and universities the target of increased criticism. There has already been some pressure on institutions of higher education to conform to this model, but for the most part the traditional model has prevailed, as it should. If the narrow, worker model of education triumphs we will all lose. To advocate for a broader intellectual education does not mean that we cannot also prepare students for the workforce. As Arthur H. Camins notes “it doesn’t have to be either-or.” Instead, he argues, “[e]ducation should prepare young people for life, work and citizenship.” Read Camins’ defense of higher education at:

What’s the purpose of education in the 21st century? – The Washington Post.

(AP Photo/The Sentinel, Dennis R.J. Geppert)

(AP Photo/The Sentinel, Dennis R.J. Geppert)

 

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