Education, Meaning, Aim and Function

The process of defining the meaning of Education is to problematize its lexicology and re-conceptualize it. An example is illustrated from real day-life. A multinational company involved in the making of advanced pharmaceutical products decides to get rid of its wastes in a cheaper manner rather then waste-treat them. They dump the wastes around the coast of a poorer African continent based on the company’s policy of maximum profits. Are the board of directors in the company educated? They are, one can assume for rhetorical comfort. An illiterate, native-tribe living in the rainforest jungles of Papua New Guinea doesn’t know the meaning of Environmental jargon: ‘Reduce, Recycle & Reuse’; yet, they conserve and sustain the environment, based on the level of skills known to them. Are the people of the rainforest uneducated just because they are illiterate?

The problems connected with narrowness of meaning called Education emerge within the contextuality of the above mentioned examples, and the conceptual difficulties involved in attempting to centre meaning upon Education is by all means complicated. So the meaning of education has to emerge from this narrowness to the broadness of meaning. In its broadness of meaning Education is the process of ‘stimulating’ the ‘person’ with Experiences, Language and Ideology, beginning from the time of birth and continuing till the time of death. This meaning of Education would give rise to the Aim, as disseminating formally, non-formally, culturally, nationally, scientifically and ritually-skills, literacy, knowledge, norm and values, as pedagogies of the institutions giving rise to the aim. This aim would be directly related to the perpetuation of that Society as an ideological structure. Aim would again determine the Function of Education The function of Education would be thus related to how meaning and aims are synchronized into processes called experience of application. The thesis statement of this paper is developed on three levels-one, the meaning of education as the stimulation of person a with language, experiences and ideology-two, aim of education being dissemination and perpetuation, and three, function, as synchronized processing.

The development of the Meaning of Education as a stimulation of a person from birth to death with language, experiences and ideology makes the person, a Being of the process as an Ontology. This process starts right from birth as affective language, for example, a mother’s cooing, to a process where the person becomes a cognitive structure, as I-the speaking subject or ego-subject. Here, the individual undergoes the norms, traditions of the society’s culture and learns to adapt and appropriate the symbolic codes of the society. Along with this process, the individual also learns to formalize his or her adaptation and appropriation to a literacy process i.e. developing skills and competencies. Thus we find that the Meaning of Education to be multi-leveled as well as multiple -oriented, through both formalist and non-formalist institutions of society. The formalist institutions which procreate the Meaning of Education are the Schools, the Government, Law and Order etc. Other formalist institutions like family, religion and native-traditions can work both openly as well as silently to orient an individual to the meaning of experience as the educated. For example a mother’s oral transmission of a folk song to the daughter is silent whereas a marriage function is a more open aspect as the performance of a culture’s pedagogy. Thus language and experiences generate the codes for that society to experience the Meaning of Education, making possible for ideologies to exist.

Thus the meaning of Education would give rise to the Aim, as disseminating formally, non-formally, culturally, nationally, scientifically and ritually-skills, literacy, knowledge, norms and values as pedagogies. Dissemination would mean the spreading of the Society’s cultural norms and values. It would also mean the spreading of Nationalism as democratic-pluralism, multiculturalism, diversity and celebration or its reverse as intolerance, authoritarianism through pedagogies; it is also the development of systematized pedagogies- promoted as theoretical and applied within the Society’s Scientific and Technocratic institutions.

The Aim of Education would be directly related to the perpetuation of that Society as an ideological structure. The contemporariness of perpetuation would answer the questions related to the aim of Education being: empowerment, sustainability, preservation, minimization, conflict resolution, creativity and innovation.

Education Grants for Single Mothers to Return to School

Juggling with education and a baby to take care can be very stressful for single mothers, especially the low-income earners. Seeking to return to school can be a pricey affair along with managing child care, tuition and living expenses. So, most moms drop the idea of pursuing education. The government recognizes your tough situation and has thus, initiated many education grants for single mothers to return to school to help attain higher degrees for a thriving job that liberates you from the clutches of huge debts and shallow living standards.

Grab this free money or the education grants for the transition phase that awards you independence for a secured and self-supportive livelihood.

Federal Educational Grants for Single Mothers

Federal Pell Grant: The U.S. government has provision for low-income single mothers desiring to go back to school. The education grant is offered through the Federal Pell Grant, America’s major student aid program that awards a maximum amount of $5,730 to financially deprived students to continue their education. The eligibility of the applicant however, depends on the income level of the individual, the cost of attendance at school, and the amount of time spent in attending school.

In 2014 the U.S Dept of Education through the Federal Pell Grant gave away $30.0 to almost 9 million students. One more good news! President Obama has increased the amount of this grant from $4050 to $5100. So, just select your desired school, college or university, fill the deferral Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and submit it within the deadline which is June 30 for every year.

‘Moms Return to School’ Government Grant Scholarship Program (MRSGGS): an extension of the Pell grant, this grant program offers excellent educational opportunity for home based moms wanting to study online.

Tax Benefits: single mothers attending school or college can now avail tax benefits through the American Opportunity Tax Credit program that gives off the first education amount $4000 totally free.

State Based Grants for School Going Single Mothers

Many state agencies offer educational grants to single mothers to pursue their dream for higher degrees and learning. Few state-specific grants for you are:

Education Professional Development

For many special education students, the transition from high school to the next step in life is a challenging one, with many new skills to learn in a short amount of time. Each student is different, with their own unique set of needs and their own learning style, so it can be difficult to know what is best for your student. However, a number of different activities can be beneficial for a wide variety of students, due to their multi-faceted character. These are activities that have social, personal, and active components, although no single person needs to address each component to play a part in the activity. For many, the best way to access these activities is through community service. That’s why many professional development programs include a community service portion.

Community Engagement

A number of civic and religious organizations are open to special education professional development volunteers. Volunteers can fill a wide variety of roles, depending on their proficiencies and abilities. Some volunteers might excel at interpersonal communication, so they might play the role of a spokesperson for a community movement. Others might excel at detail work, so their job assignment might be on-the-ground, perhaps crafting promotional materials or cleaning community spaces. And, due to the sense of purpose that comes with working for a larger community, and the helpfulness of volunteers, programs that support community involvement often act as an important bridge between special needs and mainstream culture.

Awareness

For many special needs communities, awareness is a constant issue. Professional development programs, as a result, often include campaigns to increase awareness of special needs communities within cities and counties. Special education programs that include community involvement are a huge part of any move towards awareness. Volunteer positions are often highly visible, and they expose community members of all ages to people with special needs acting altruistically. More importantly, many programs foster interactions between youth volunteers and special ed volunteers. These situations often catalyze powerful and engaging experiences that allow for learning to leap across whatever societal barriers normally separate the two camps. Children who have positive experiences with special ed students are more likely to include special needs interests in their visions of the society the create.

Vocational Education

Blue collar jobs or vocational careers are still not the favourites of the masses. Parents want their children to have ‘professions’ or white collar jobs; technical jobs or blue collar jobs are still considered lower status. And this is destructive to our society, particularly in this 21st century world, where lack of essential skills – technical and vocational – is already costing us as an economy.

The bias against vocational education is dysfunctional and destructive to our children. There is no sense in stopping them from pursuing skills that they want to pursue and want to make a career in; there is no point in forcing them to the direction they do not want to go in, to jobs they’d find meaningless.

There are, though, some countries which place high value on skilling for school & colleges, where even those opt for vocational who could have gone to medical schools had that been their preference. These are the countries which have realized that they have to have enough of vocational talent to compete in the global marketplace and get ahead of the game. African countries are amongst the countries which have begun to spearhead different initiatives to promote vocational education in Africa educational institutions.

In the past, there have been many talks surrounding the importance of skilling for school & colleges; however, we’ve made very little progress since then. It’s true that change in the societal values will take time, but we can at least begin the change at the school or local level. We can at least introduce vocational skills to the children, even though they are primarily busy with formal education, which is again an essential part. And as Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘be the change you want to see’, we should begin this change at our school, our collage and institute.

There are some nice companies out there which specialize in skilling for school & colleges, and even help corporates accomplish their CSR objectives, especially when they revolve around imparting vocational training to the underprivileged section of the society. These companies usually comprise of professionals who develo

Differences of Education in the Past

Elementary and high school today does not bear much resemblance to the elementary and high schools of fifty and sixty years ago.

We tend to think of change over time as making things worse, and to idealize the past as better and simpler. That was not always the case. However, many people perceive things this way.

Instead of taking this view, we should consider the many positive changes that have occurred over the past six decades that have led to great advances in education in the United States.

One major change that must be mentioned is desegregation. Segregation in schools, or putting black students in separate schools from white students, was made illegal by the Supreme Court ruling in the Brown V. Board of Education case in 1954. Now all students, regardless of race, have the same rights and can attend the same schools.

There have also been improvements in gender inequality. Can you imagine a high school where all of the young women were learning to cook and sew in Home Ec, and all of the boys were learning to do auto repair in auto shop? It sounds ridiculous, and yet that was the picture in many American high schools prior to the late 1960s.

Girls were also disadvantaged academically because of gender bias. They were discouraged from taking advanced math and science courses, and were told that they did not have the natural aptitude to succeed in these subjects. That is no longer the case. Now girls are encouraged in all lines of study, including science and math.

We also consider different learning styles in modern American schools. Different students learn differently. Some are visual learners, others need to hear something repeated a few times to retain the information, still others may need ‘hands on’ application of course materials. In previous decades, this was not recognized the way it is today.