Education and the good life

Much debate has been presented on the status of education in this country. With the continuing deteriorating state of the economy, fear of funding cuts has moved to the forefront of this discussion as universities (both public and private), school districts, and extracurricular programs face the reality of budget slashing. But this is clearly not the only issue in the wide topic of education. Central to the argument is always the various perspectives of how people should be educated. Write a paper exploring what it means (i.e. a definitional essay) to be educated and to use that education in life and/or the workforce. In other words, how is education important to achieving “the good life”? This paper will challenge you to define the concept of education and to incorporate disciplinary knowledge from the experts and theorists of a certain major or field of study. For this paper, you are trying to study the concept of education and learning from the perspective of a particular discipline: · A biological explanation of how learning takes place at the neuro-chemical level · A linguistic and/or philosophical understanding of the various meanings of education · A social analysis of the benefits (or disadvantages) to formal education, including public/private school, homeschooling, standardized testing, etc. · A historical treatment of how people were formally educated within a particular civilization · A literary essay examining the treatment of education in at least one major work. · An economic essay describing how class and money plays into education · Another disciplinary analysis must be approved by the instructor. One crucial aspect of this paper that you must consider is your thesis. What are you going to argue? Will you argue that education occurs as the result of endorphins, and if so, what triggers those endorphins? Will you argue for the tabula rasa (blank slate) theory, or that genetics alone predetermines our ability to learn? Will you argue that Dickens’ depiction of education in Hard Times differs dramatically from Dante’s in The Inferno, and if so, how does it differ? Begin with a hypothesis, then do some serious research to support (or, if you have to, argue against) that hypothesis. State your thesis at the beginning of your paper, and then spend the rest of the paper defending that thesis. Though it is not required, I definitely encourage you to email me with questions, concerns, or just to talk about how your topic might work. This essay is to be between 1,750 and 2,000 words, written in Times New Roman, 12-font. For this essay, you are required to use four external sources, two of which must come from the articles in Chs. 25 and 26 of your textbook. These sources must help you build your argument, not give you definitions (e.g. dictionaries, encyclopedias, and “about” websites are off-limits).