Purposes of Education


The goal of education is to gain knowledge through personal development of physical, social, intellectual, and emotional abilities.

A meta study of hundreds of documents with statements of purposes of educations were categorized into the following twelve categories:


For What Purposes?

  1. Create a meaningful life - enjoyment, power, social, caring/love, survival, personal satisfaction/ fulfillment, worthy use of leisure, foster curiosity and innovation to fulfill peoples' dreams and aspirations.
  2. Good citizenship - thoughtful, humane, responsible, moral, & ethical.
  3. Economic welfare - be successful in the market place and earn a living, have a vocation - life training, college, productive work force.
  4. To be spiritual -, religious, mysticism, paranormal, supernatural, metaphysical, & existentialism.
  5. Learn the fundamentals or become literate - to be able to read, write, orate, linguistic, calculate, logical-mathematical, spatial, visual, (cover the standards) (improve tests scores) (achieve AYP) media literate.
  6. Develop physically - body and physical skill development, kinesthetic, physical education, physically healthy, art, drama, music.
  7. Become Social - the well being of each individual within society, intrapersonal, interpersonal, human relationships, social skills, social groups, proper social behavior, and social engineering.
  8. Critical thinker and problem solving - how to inquire, how to think - not what to think, know where to find information, how to analyze it, how to create alternative solutions, how to use it, and how to communicate it.
  9. Develop into a life long learner - the will, skill, and desire to be a lifelong learner, habits of mind, disposition - develop the love of learning, exercise free will.
  10. Worker bees - Brain wash to be peaceful obedient drones knowing and obeying the state ideologies.
  11. To have more citizens, educators or teachers - maintain a social or educational system to sustain the good life.
  12. To create a better way of living - know yourself, intrapersonal, self-efficacy, sense of well being, healthy life style (nutrition, medical, physical, sex, aids, drug), wealth, wisdom, naturalist, harmony with nature.


Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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