What is the role of Education?

“Are children receiving the best education to prepare for the challenges of life, people and education?”

What is the role of Education?

Today, children are suffering from a lack of human guidance. They exist in a virtual world of texting and social networking sites. Their role models live in cyberspace, doling out advice, instilling cyber-values, and beliefs. Cyberspace is an exciting world where anything can happen, and kids can be who they want to be. It can be a magical world where they can meet new friends. Unfortunately, some have used this space to exploit others. Masquerading as friends, virtual predators seduce children and alter their lives forever.

What is the role of our educational systems in supporting these children as they navigate the problems of self, community, family, teachers, Internet, and cell phones?

The follow-up question is, “Are children receiving the best education to prepare for the challenges of life, people, and education?” This question resonates loudly among government agencies, educators, health care providers, and parents, especially in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, as well as the manhunt in CA. I believe the core of this debate centers on defining “education and the role of schools.” The role of education has always been to prepare the next generation’s workforce, to sustain our economy, and to keep the government going, among others.

This is my area of interest, and I hope to share my thoughts on this topic in a two-part series. The emphasis is on upstream interventions and the universal promotion of health and well-being in schools.


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What is the role of Education? Part II


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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

11 thoughts on “What is the role of Education?”

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