“It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life…we must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.
If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., re-posted from The Purpose of Education
Dr. King stated in 1948 that the dual purpose of education is utility and culture. He went further to state that a highly educated individual must be well-equipped with good character as well lest he become a powerful, yet corrupt man capable of horrible deeds against mankind. I’d argue that the United States is experiencing a convergence of educational ends where we are trying to raise everyone to the highest standard when truly our system was originally designed in at least three tiers: 1.) Gain culture and networks to succeed in the upper echelons of society 2.) Gain skills to contribute within a competitive workforce 3.) prepare to be a productive, informed citizen. Your level of attainment would be predicated on your socioeconomic status.
Anyway, that’s food for thought for another time. On this day, I’ve realized once again that I really enjoy being a mentor and role model for my students. It was fun to shoot around with a few today at our school’s gym. However, now that I have to finish my lessons for tomorrow, I’m less than enthused. There are aspects of this job I love, but the ones I don’t love are really holding me back. Can I do this for another year? Aspects sure. The entire job description and then some? I just don’t know at this point…
Regardless, I will stay in the struggle to realize Dr. King’s dream, I just don’t know in what capacity. TBD