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."
The purpose of formal education is also to help the students to get a free mind. Different from what education
The purpose of formal education is also to help the students to get a free mind. Different from what education implies, formal education, that is schooling, does tell us many thing that should be right or should not be right. However, these so-called restrainments are not mean to limited our minds and sprits. On the contrary, that is a kind of necessary preparation for free mind.
Birds need somewhere to land before they can fly again. That is the same with the learning procedure of mankind. If someone wants to own a free spirits in some field, he/she should be a intelligent at first. Students of conduct may need years of formal education to familiar with every tone and how they should sound, famous dancers need thousands of paintaking days to learn the fundmental poses and technics before they could perform freely on stage.
Schooling, the formal education, always intruct us to familiar with the fundmental knowleges and the way to learn and i think that is quite different from limitation our minds. If we look much deeper to the meaning of `free`, it is easy for us to find that so-called free is based on the restraint, that is, it`s combined tightly with limitation. Without formal education we may know little knowlege and will never has a free mind. Almost most of the great minds in the history are those who are so thoroughly at home with the knowledge of formal education that they can tell what is different and what is new discovery.
Though we may find some distinguished scientists did not get formal education, such as Tomas.A.Edison who never went to school, it`s obviously that they also learn much on the way that is similar to the schooling for they also studied and mastered the knowledge that should be taught in classes.
The formal education also has the dark side along with the bright ones. It do has some tendency to limite students if the educationers didn`t pay attention to teach the right way of thought but only the knowledge itself, however most people gain freeminds from the schooling