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Aim of an Education

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An education in general should be able to provide students resources that can cultivate mental and social skills, along side of the “tools” and “facts” necessary to promote knowledge, thinking and learning as Abby discussed. Education should be multidimensional and interdisciplinary. Students should be able to make connections with what they're learning in all of their classes and not only apply that knowledge to other classes (based on the skills that are being taught and emphasized), but also apply it to real life (those life experiences we acquire outside of the classroom on a daily basis).

Education should be conducive to different types of learning (not just visual or by ways of hearing) and engage creativity (to broaden the mind and add dimension to the useful structure an education is said to have), more so in science and mathematics classes.

 
Most importantly, education should be culturally inclusive, not just another representation of any normative, which would allow for new observations, challenging new horizons, new ways of thinking and new possibilities can be learned until one reaches a solid and better-rounded idea/thought or perspective. This aspect of what an education should entail in my opinion reflects what science aims to do. If there is a new observation that a scientist makes and it invalidates the original one, then we discard the previous observation. An observation is the first step in the scientific method, which leads to these new ways of thinking to broaden and extend this field of inquiry. By scientists observing their surroundings it ultimately can help reach an idea of reality or it helps us reach a wrong result (we also have the power to avoid such results). However, science is a type of guide in itself allowing for this transformation of thinking, which contributes to knowledge. This same process I feel holds true for creativity and our sought after life experiences.

 
Lastly, to just briefly touch knowledge as a context of science, I view science as a form of knowledge. Science loops back and forth as far as I’m concerned between information and knowledge because as new Information is achieved, it changes our current understandings forcing us to re-examine our previously held beliefs and alter them in accordance with this new information, which, of course, alters not only our “wisdom” but insight, awareness, etc. With that in mind, I also view the information we collect about our surroundings with the help of our five senses to be a form of knowledge.

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