THE DOCTRINE OF DEGRADED EDUCATION: BETWEEN MYTHS AND REALITY

TitleTHE DOCTRINE OF DEGRADED EDUCATION: BETWEEN MYTHS AND REALITY
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLamanauskas, V
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume23
Start Page5-8
Date PublishedJuly/2010
Type of ArticleEditorial
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 917697
Keywordscriticism of education, degraded education, education falsification
Abstract

The title of the article does not promise a positive attitude towards education. The reader can feel impressed that the only purpose of the author is the criticism of education with no positive points. However, this is a wrong position as any vivid detail can be clearly noticed. On the other hand, both positive and negative sides need to be considered and in this case, improvement and modernization are not the only ways. A steady increase in welfare is a myth, thus there is no need to discuss which area of life looks is described. When mentioning progress in education and modernization, we must face the other side of the road full of phenomena of degraded education which is not new in Lithuania. The last decade has generated discussions on this issue at different levels, although this is unfashionable and finally useless from different points of view. The most pressing problem is that the concept of degraded education has not been accepted as reality up to now. Therefore, the above introduced points should be plausibly argued.�
None of us are Alpha and Omega and thus cannot claim to any ultimate truth and wisdom. Some empathically say that education should solely operate on market conditions (liberal approach), whereas others argue that education should remain the exclusive property state (conservative approach). Both ‘camps’ fail to find a consensus. It seems to be unlikely that education can be developed on the basis of market mechanisms. In this case, education cannot respond to the great expectations of a certain nation, particularly a small one. On the other hand, education cannot be ‘simply dropped’ in the shell of conservatism. How to find the right balance? In any case, we cannot stay away and allow the devils ‘drowned’ positive things. We need to carry on discussing the faced problems. Though the battle between good and evil has been taking place for ages, today, the balance is clearly violated. Famous French philosopher Jean Antoine Condorcet declared that ‘there are two key causes of social turbulence – state / existence inequality band educational inequality’. Thus, save our careful, responsible and public character.

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