Quotable #11: Role Of Education


“The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget

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26 Responses to Quotable #11: Role Of Education

  1. Ben Aqiba says:

    That is so true 🙂
    Great quote

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  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Oh so very true! Creation of a new body of knowledge is necessary to stay relevant😄

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  3. Anonymous says:

    If you think about it, it seems as though that purpose is not being fulfilled.👍

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  4. George says:

    How very true…not only of educators but parents, as well.

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  5. DW Percival says:

    But you can always improve on what was done previously by repetition, the pursuit of newness isn’t the be-all and end-all of human existence …


    • This was published in a scientific journal so I see nothing wrong with it. If scientists and mathematicians would only repeat what their predecessors have done, then we wouldn’t have any remarkable progress.

      Also, innovators come up with new and imrpoved ways to do the same thing. While they aren’t entirely “new” knowledge, they have contributed to the advancement of knowledge no matter how little it may be, which is the point.

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      • DW Percival says:

        Knowing the context of the quote gives more meaning and leaves less space for misinterpretation 😉


      • DW Percival says:

        Here’s the full, published quotation, “The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget, The Origins of Intelligence in Children, 1953 … “Piaget observed the cognitive development of his own children and came up with a model to describe the stages that children pass through in the development of intelligence and reasoning. The theory consists of four stages; (1) the sensorimotor stage (2) the preoperational stage, (3) the concrete operational stage, and (4) the formal operation stage. He concluded that children’s reasoning was not faulty but when compared to adults it was erroneous due to the limited experiences of the children about the natural and social world. Jean Piaget believed that knowledge didn’t mean to learn some facts and be able to repeat them but to make connections and to understand how it all fits together. Thus he concluded that efforts to introduce abstract concepts to children at a young age would not result in conceptual learning but would only lead to memorization (rote learning). Although Piaget did not know how to apply his theories to education, he was a proponent of hands-on learning.” Learning by rote provides children with a solid foundation on which to build and formulate fresh perspectives and offer alternative, creative solutions as their acquisition of knowledge and experience grows.

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      • Thanks for sharing.

        I got it from a scientific paper. Here’s the complete quotation:

        The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—men who are creative, inventive, and discoverers.

        The second goal of education is to form minds which can be critical, can verify, and not accept everything they are offered. The great danger today is of slogans, collective opinions, ready-made trends of thought. We have to be able to resist individually, to criticize, to distinguish between what is proven and what is not.

        So we need pupils who are active; who learn early to find out by themselves, partly by their own spontaneous activity and partly through material we set up for them, and who learn early to tell what is verifiable and what is simply the first idea to come to them.


      • DW Percival says:

        The second goal is so relevent to peoples’ unquestioning attitude to today’s social media ‘news’.


      • Anonymous says:

        Many thanks for introducing me to Piaget, I’ll have a read of his work, it might inspire my painting.


  6. K E Garland says:

    YES! Love Piaget! Wished everyone believed this. It seems now we’re doing just the opposite in hopes of creating zombies.

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  7. Indira says:

    Well quote….very true!!


  8. WaltPage says:

    Wait! Are you saying that everything on Facebook isn’t true? OK, that was my inept attempt at humor. Thank you for posting the whole quote. The second goal is so apropos today, especially in regard to social media. Well done.

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  9. kertsen says:

    It certainly is not the goal today ; the great emphasis is to get a lucrative job or what many parents call a good start in life. The main thrust is money, because money means freedom and becoming a banker or an accountant may well be worth the effort.


  10. What is more impossible to all teachers at the moment is that preparing/creating the generation for the future. The future that the teacher has no ideas how future is. what a great teachers!


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