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Good Citizenship: The Purpose Of Education

by Eleanor Roosevelt - 2008

What is the purpose of education? This question agitates scholars, teachers, statesmen, every group, in fact, of thoughtful men and women. The conventional answer is the acquisition of knowledge, the reading of books, and the learning of facts. Perhaps because there are so many books and the branches of knowledge in which we can learn facts are so multitudinous today, we begin to hear more frequently that the function of education is to give children a desire to learn and to teach them how to use their minds and where to go to acquire facts when their curiosity is aroused. Even more all-embracing than this is the statement made not long ago, before a group of English headmasters, by the Archbishop of York, that “the true purpose of education is to produce citizens.”

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 312-320
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22925, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 1:11:02 PM

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt
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    Eleanor Roosevelt revolutionized the position of First Lady of the United States during her husband’s presidency from 1933 to 1945. A humanitarian and civil leader, Eleanor Roosevelt was a proponent for the rights of youth, black Americans, women, and the poor, both at home and abroad, using her position as First Lady to call media attention to her many causes. After her husband’s death in 1945, Roosevelt continued her civic service as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She died in 1962. This article was originally published in the magazine Pictorial Review in April 1930. It is reprinted here with the permission of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project (http:// www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/) at the George Washington University, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library.
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