“McDONALDIZED” EDUCATION: IN A FAST, CHEAP AND EASY WAY, BUT INEFFECTIVELYJournal: Švietimas: Politika, Vadyba, Kokybe / Education Policy, Management and Quality (Vol.3, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2011-08-31
Authors : Vincentas Lamanauskas;
Page : 4-10
Keywords : educated society; contemporary society; fast education;
We live in such time period when there is a wish to get everything quickly and desirably for free. And, the quicker, the better. This applies to education as well. In fact, it is depreciated. Often it is said, that education does not add wisdom. There is some truth in this statement. If we speak about pseudo education acquired in any way and anywhere, then yes. However, a good, proper education is the outcome of rationality. These are related things, determining each other. It is thought, that today everything is rapidly changing, it is impossible, and there is no need of fundamental “lifelong” education. This is an illusion, which does not let us see the essence. And a lot do not want and are incapable to see it. Like the house which can't stand without good foundation, human's good life is impossible without good education. The same can be said about society as a whole. Educated society is a warrant of state's prosperity. Knowledge, abilities, values is, indeed, the true foundation of good education. A proper combination of these three components guarantees good education. Moreover, it would be nice if this component would entirely become integrated into given diplomas. Unfortunately, it has to be stated once again, that universities oriented or being oriented only to providing service will never be able to guarantee such integration. Thus, more or less it is agreed on an international level, that our contemporary society is not properly ready for the challenges of the 21st century. “A quick diploma” does not guarantee anything, in fact – neither individual nor society progress. Universities, being oriented only to giving “quick diplomas” are condemned. Education is not a game and universities are not “sandpits”. Unfortunately, it makes an impression that the number of “sandpits” is increasing, and wishing to play in them are getting more and more. We can be taught by others, but we can get educated only ourselves. An educated man is an independent man, knowing himself and making his own decisions. An educated nation is a nation knowing itself, independent and making its own decisions independently.
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