The following quote from Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (1896 – 1980) is one that has driven the direction of my own thinking about education. It has guided many of my choices both as a teacher and as a learner.
When I listen to the creative ideas and view the innovations demonstrated through TED talks, I know that the principle goal is being met by many.
When I hear about the wonderful work being done, such as that by The Philosophy Foundation and P4C (Philosophy for Children), to introduce school children to philosophic enquiry, including critical thinking and reasoning, I know the second goal is also being met.
“The principle goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – people who are creative, inventive, and discoverers.
The second goal . . . is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered.”
What do you think?
How did your education help you achieve these goals?
How do you see these goals being achieved?