The Clusterfuck of Education

by Sean Aubin at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, WAT

According to Kieran Egan, education is founded on three conflicting principles:

  • Societisation: Being educated on the values of your society and being given a ranking.
  • Acquisition of Platonic Knowledge: Ironic understanding of the ways the world works, via mathematics, physics and psychology etc…
  • Self-Actualisation and Personal Development: The growth of the student as a person and the progress towards their interests.

Any attempt to try and combine any of these principles ends up with them undermining each other.

A potential solution is to try and keep these ideas in seperate institutions. Societisation can be kept in traditional schools. Self-actualisation can be encouraged in hack-centre like groups. However, the platonic acquisition of knowledge is still a difficult problem to solve. Hopefully explorable explanations, as described in Seymourt Papert’s “Mindstorms: Children, Computer’s and Powerful Ideas” would be up to the task.

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Seanny123

Master's student at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.