GRE Essay Topic 299 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "It is often asserted that the purpose of education is to free the mind and the spirit. In reality, however, formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free."
It is often asserted that the purpose of education is to free the mind and the spirit. In reality, however, formal education tends to restrain our minds and spirits rather than set them free.Education came into being long before human learns to write. The ancient men acquire basic skills nece...
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The statement argues that the education is putting constrain to the mind of people. This statement may be too gereral. It is true that some formal educations supress the strdent's imagintation. They using feed methord for teaching which cause students just remember the knowledge without understanding them. However, it is not always the case.
Some educators are also seeking ways to make their classroom lively. Taking writting for example, everyone is encouraged to think in depth before writting an essay. If there are two essays which appears to be expressing the samilar ideas, they will not reveive mark.
It is true that some school require students to recite the context of book without fully understandint it. But it is mainly in the aspect of literature. And this doesn't mean supressing student's creativity. The ability of expressing one's own creative idea requires the accumulation of certain amount of knowledge. Nobody can expect a baby who have not read or remember any articles to write a long and pursuasive essay. These context, although maybe not understood well at present, may be valuable to the student in the future. After the student have gain enough life experience, they may someday remember and understand the knowledge he has learnt.
However in the aspect of science, same theory aplies. The creativity comes from knowledge which the person have learnt. Every famous scientists must have read a huge amount of books before they create something new and attractive. You can't expect a person to understand rocket science without proper education and knowledge.