January 16, 2012

The Purpose of Education

From an essay written by Martin Luther king, Jr for his college newspaper in 1947:

"At this point I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals."

3 comments:

Amy LV said...

Yes. I have never read this quote and am so glad that you shared it here. Thank you. a.

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

I love it! It would be nice if legislators were of the same opinion!!! :)

Yellow Brick Reads said...

I think this quotation is relevant to a lot of debates regarding the censorship of "inappropriate" material in children's and young adult literature. I have always felt that it is necessary to read broadly in order to learn how to think critically. In case of interest, I discuss this idea in a post here http://yellowbrickreads.blogspot.com/2011/11/reading-in-dark.html#more .