The Meaning of Education

Education means something different to everyone. We each have our own ideas about what we need to learn and how we intend to apply this knowledge. Below are five quotations about education from very different perspectives.

  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein
  • “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” Edward Everett
  • “Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” Erich Fromm
  • “I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.” Al McGuire
  • “You can get all A’s and still flunk life.” Walker Percy

Choose one of the quotations and do the following:

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  • Paraphrase the quotation.
  • Define what you think the author meant by the quote.
  • Discuss whether or not you agree with the author’s opinion. Justify your position.

Write your initial response in about 150–200 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By Wednesday, July 31, 2013, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Sunday, August 4, 2013, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Grading Criteria and Rubric

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Paraphrased the quotation.
Defined the meaning of the quotation as per the author.
Discussed and justified if the students agreed with the author’s opinion.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.