Ever since the earliest days of our education system there has been a great deal of heated debate about whether education is about book learning or preparing children to be part of society. It is an undisputed fact that school concentrates on fact and figures instead of socialisation (i.e. the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained).
Although the curriculum is teemed with mandatory academic subjects and vocational training, few people would deny that such a solid basic education is required t gain significant qualifications. That is, future employees will be good and ready for the job they wish to apply for. Apart from that, facts and figures contribute to elevating literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy skills, since emphasis is laid on History and Mathematics; subsequently, critically thinking students will be created. last but not least, basic knowledge which helps students comprehend contemporary events, for instance the evolution of technology, is provided. However, this educational method remains always the same and its only purpose is to generate machines.
On the other hand, though, there is another side to consider: that is, education's role in socialisation. First and foremost, since the school is one of the most predominant agents of socialisation, it is vital we comprehend that not only does it offer students moral principles, such as co-operation, respect, good manners and compromise, but it also teaches them how to behave in different situations. That is, schools have the formal responsibility of imparting knowledge in those disciplines, which are most central t adult functioning in democratic societies. Lastly, apprentices are provided with the opportunity to assimilate society's rules better. Thus, the shaping of future civilians' character is a contingent on education.
Taking .all this into consideration, there is no doubt in my mind that too much emphasis is placed on facts and figures and not enough on socialising students. Only if education creates a balanced curriculum embodying both vocational training and socialisation, will the world be a much better place to live in.