Reflection

The global society is a continuously changing environment. However, the divide between the different modes of learning is getting larger. But first, we must understand that the travesty of separation between the different groups of society. In “Democracy and Education/Chapter VII, Dewey describes how a society branches out into “a congeries of loosely associated societies, rather than an inclusive and permeating community of action and thought…” (Dewey, 1). He laments how these different groups have their own agendas within their groups, causing them to be more concentrated and less interactive with people outside of their groups. This is an extreme problem because this isolation stunts the personal growth of the human and group. The lack of discourse between different social groups hinders improvement. However, the “conflict of peoples at least enforces intercourse between them and thus accidentally enables them to learn from one another, and thereby to expand their horizons…” (Dewey 3). The flow of ideas creates flexibility in ideas and fluidity in a changing society. This idea transcends into the realm of education. Education in itself must not be restrictive and “must make provision for participation in its good of all its members on equal terms and which secures flexible readjustment through interaction of the different forms of associated life…“ (Dewey, 7). It is impossible to vocationally prepare a student because as the world changes, they will not know how to adapt. Therefore, it is important to balance out the educational methods of reason and empiricism. Throughout history, these two modes are always put against each other. However, it is pertinent to realize that one is useless without the other. Knowledge without application is useless; experience without a lesson behind it is also useless. Finally, education must be aimed towards preparing the student for further learning. The “object of the college is to stimulate its students to want to get an education in their adult lives and to give them the training that will make it possible for them to continue learning and get an education in their adult lives…” (Hutchens, 181). Learning is a life long process because change is always occurring. In order for the global society to improve, its citizens must know how to think and innovate. The education should provide knowledge that shapes how a person thinks. It is up to the individual to use his knowledge and brain to create change sans the reliance of the college education.

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