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On the relevance of education: Gardner Campbell

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    On the relevance of education...
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    So, what’s the purpose and relevance of education?
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    Why is it pertinent?
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    I think about Jerome Bruner in his “Towards a theory of instruction”
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    or “The Process of Education”,
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    where he talks about how strange a thing education is.
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    Human beings are the species that educates.
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    We take our young, we school our young,
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    we transmit our culture, we transmit our values,
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    we transmit our beliefs,
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    as a way of not having to start afresh with each new life,
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    we can actually build over time,
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    and build in a way that goes beyond an individual life time.
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    At the same time, as we build on the past,
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    we also have to build in the opportunity and the necessity for innovation.
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    And to me, that’s where education is most interesting.
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    In that fundamental middle spot between
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    serving the past and giving every student tools and inspiration
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    to be able to innovate,
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    to be able to start afresh and come up with an idea no one has come up with before.
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    That to me is the glory of it;
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    it’s the vexation of it too,
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    because you never know.
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    Are you being too much on the cultural conservation?
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    Are you being too anarchic?
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    But finding that sweet spot in there,
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    where that tension is most keenly felt,
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    students feel respect for the past because the past has made them.
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    At the same time, feeling completely skeptical and wide open,
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    and joyously curious about boundless possibilities.
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    If you could do both of those, it seems to me you have a real school.
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On the relevance of education: Gardner Campbell
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