April 16, 2007

What is Education? (#5)

We can understand the concept of education better when we look at it from different angles because it's multi-faceted. It involves knowledge, development and cultivation on two levels - practical and spiritual - and has both immediate and long-term results.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913: "Education includes all those experiences by which intelligence is developed, knowledge acquired, and character formed... The child is born with latent capacities which must be developed so as to fit him for the activities and duties of life. The meaning of life, therefore, of its purposes and value as understood by the educator, primarily determines the nature of his work. Education aims at an ideal, and this in turn depends on the view that is taken of man and his destiny, of his relations to God, to his fellowmen, and to the physical world."

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