Not only in their own classroom but also in school in general, each individual teacher has an opinion about what the aim of education should be. When differing opinions about the purpose of education collide, many issues occur. It is important to recognize that other people including many of your coworkers, administrators, and your students' parents might have a different point of view concerning what education should be all about. Following is a list of different aims of education that individuals might espouse. Knowledge to get buy is the first thing you have to have in mind. This old school belief holds that school is important in providing students with the knowledge they need to get by in their day-to-day lives. Today most of the educators would probably not agree that this should be the extent of a student's school career, even though these core topics form the foundation of a student's education. Knowledge of subject matter being taught is the second thing that reveals us the aim of education. The purpose of education to some teachers is to impart knowledge about the subject matter they are teaching without much thought to other classes.


These teachers focus on their own subject matter as being more important than what students are learning in other classes when taken to the extreme. Teachers who are unwilling to compromise their own subject matter for the good of the students, for example, can cause problems for the school at large. We got push back from a couple of teachers who were not willing to change their lessons to include cross curricular activities when the school we taught at tried to implement senior projects. The desire of creating thoughtful people is another important thing, connected with the main aim of education. This might be considered another old school belief.  This is also held, however, by many individuals, especially within the larger community. Students will some day be a part of a community and need the skills and mores to exist within that society as thoughtful citizens. We do want our students to feel confident about their learning abilities while the self esteem movement often gets ridiculed. The problem comes in with inflated self esteem not based on reality. However, this is often cited as an aim of the educational system. One of the key elements of education is learning how to learn. Schools need to teach students how to find information they will need once they leave school. Many of the lessons that schools teach are necessary for success in their students' future lives. They will need to be able to get to work on time, dress and behave appropriately, and get their work done in a timely manner as adults. Some individuals see this as one of the main reasons for sending students to school. Some of the individuals see the school s the means towards right living for the rest of their lives.