The Right to Education
Basic literacy skills alone can transform entire societies. According to the United Nations, a better education would lift 171 million people out of poverty. In addition to improving the quality of life, education also gives students the decision-making skills necessary to make better choices in the workplace and in life. In short, education prepares people for adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. It prepares them to live free and responsible lives in a society. So, why is education so important?
Horace Mann was the father of education
Horace Mann was an English social reformer and the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education. He pushed for the development of common schools in order to alleviate class conflict, increase civic engagement, and instill moral habits in children. His belief that well-trained teachers could give the best education to children drew praise from many in his day, including Charles Dickens and Martin Luther King. As a Unitarian, he also favored the inclusion of the Bible in school curriculums. The book’s liberal theology and positive outlook made him a great influence on the early development of public education in America.
Pedagogy is a critical dimension of education
Critics of traditional teaching and learning have pointed out that pedagogy is a critical dimension of education, as teachers and educators must become intellectuals like their students, as well as ‘students’ themselves. They argue that teachers must become experts beyond their fields of expertise and should immerse themselves in their students’ culture and lived experience. Moreover, critical pedagogy emphasizes the importance of ‘critical thinking’ and ‘critical action’ in teaching and learning.
Students have a right to an education
While the Student Bill of Rights has its own specific rules, students still have certain rights that should be protected. The right to education is a fundamental human right, but those rights are limited in many ways by school policies and practices. Listed below are the most important aspects of this fundamental right. Let’s take a look at them one by one. Hopefully, these will help you make an informed decision about whether or not you should pursue a higher education.
It prepares them for a responsible life in a free society
Education should aim at preparing children for a responsible life and to contribute positively to society. It should help them to understand and fight against injustices and to build a sense of justice, tolerance, and equality among individuals. These goals benefit both society and schools. Here are the benefits of an education aimed at ensuring that children develop a responsible and ethical mindset. Let’s consider the various reasons why education is so important.
It helps them accept interdependence with other people
Children learn to appreciate interdependence in play, which is an important part of social interactions. When they play, they don’t think they’re the only ones who can solve a problem. They get inspired by each other and try different approaches to overcoming challenges. Developing an acceptance of interdependence in play can also help children to recognize the value of self and independence in relationships. Interdependence is a good thing!