What is the purpose of education? Is education about preparing students for a specific career? Is education all about excellent grades, bright career, big salary and easy life? Or is it about teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently?
Over the decades, the following have all been goals of education:
- To prepare children for citizenship
- To cultivate a skilled workforce
- To teach cultural literacy
- To help students become critical thinkers
- To help students compete in a global marketplace
While these are related goals, they demonstrate the diversity of expectations and prioritization that society and its educators must manage.
Going back to the purpose of education in ancient Gurukul system in India it is an exploratory learning process where guru and shishya were co-travellers in a search for truth. The teaching methods used were reasoning and questioning.
Day Star School strives to balance both, to prepare a child to be a responsible and a capable citizen and to discover the ultimate truth.
Jesus said, ‘…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’.
He also said, ‘I’m the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me’.
Education is not about accumulating wisdom and knowledge. It is all about translating everything into loving God and loving neighbour, lest all our education will become futile.
Day Star School seeks to bring this transformation in a child’s life through education.
May God help us in all endeavours to fulfil this greater purpose of education at Day Star