Agents of Change
Art for Art's Sake
Attention to Detail
Big Picture Thinking
Health & Safety
Learning to Learn
Tolerance for Ambiguity
Tolerance for Disagreement
Critical Thinking vs IndoctrinationSchools may either encourage students to bravely challenge ideas or attempt to indoctrinate them with "correct" thinking, behavior and speech.
Tradition vs RevolutionA school may be aligned to continuing or overthrowing traditions. Alternatively, it may be neutral as in the case of schools based on critical thinking.
Safety vs Risk TakingSchools may seek to heavily protect students or may encourage calculated risk taking that builds personal resilience. For example, many sports have risks but are also viewed as important experiences that can build character, competitive spirit and a sense of teamwork and accomplishment.
Freedom vs HarmonySchools may embrace freedom such as free speech or may enforce strict rules and controls in the name of group harmony. The later approach may create trained incapacity whereby an individual can't function above the level of groupthink or strict rules & regulations.
Learning vs PoliticsSchools may be viewed as places of ideas that are independent from politics. Alternatively, they may be viewed as infrastructure for political change often aligned to a particular agenda. For example, the goals of schools commonly mention "improving" the world.
Cultivation of the Individual vs Human CapitalSchools may aim to cultivate the individual to help them realize and refine talents. Alternatively, they may aim to produce standardized human capital for a particular role in the economy.
Elitist vs EgalitarianSchools may aim to provide an environment that allows an elite to separate themselves from anyone who lacks their cultural capital. Alternatively, they may aim to serve a need for learning by teaching students regardless of their social status.
|Overview: Education Goals|
The aim or purpose of an education system, school, program, teacher or student.