On education and social organization

“Formal education, like tradition, generally tends to be dependent upon particular forms of social organization. The changes in educational outlook parallel the changes which a nation undergoes in the course of its history. The unifying factor in education reflects the dominance in each case of a given social body, e.g., church, class, nation. Education could be described as the manner by which these social bodies perpetuate themselves from generation to generation. Hence education becomes transformed when there are social revolutions. Moreover, attempts at social innovations turn to pedagogical questions first. Because of this, considerations of the significance and methods of education inevitably include the larger question of state and society…” (p. 48)

Referernce:

K. Jaspers (1960). The idea of the university. Boston: Beacon Press.

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