Education and Public Policy Series : Definitions

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Below are some definitions that will be helpful in my upcoming series on education. I don’t think I’ve ever written in-depth on this blog about what I think and how I feel about our educational system as a whole. Hopefully, by the end of the series you will understand what has gotten me pointed in this direction. I encourage you to share your thoughts with me as this series progresses. I promise you these will be discussed throughout the course of the next year. Your insights are very important to me. They are important for the future of the nation and the world.

While you are considering education I want to think about a few things.

What do you consider to be the foundations we build our community?

What impact does society and culture have on education?

What impact should religion have on education?

When should we allow public opinion to impact science?

How has the system changed between your time in public school and your child’s time in public school?

What is prompting so many people to return to homeschooling their children?

If you could do one thing, change one thing about public school, what would it be?

Education

Definition:  1. Educating: the imparting and inquiring of knowledge through teaching and learning, especially at a school or similar institution. “After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn?” ~Peter Ustinov, Dear Me  2. Knowledge: the knowledge or abilities gained through being educated.   3. Instruction:  Training and instruction in a particular subject, e.g. health matters.  4. Learning Experience:  an informative experience  5. Study of teaching: the study of the theories and practices of teaching.  6. System for educating people: The system of educating people in a community or society.

Community

Definition:  1. People in area:  A group of people who live in the same are, or the area in which they live.  2. People with common background:  a group of people with common background or with shared interests within society.  3. Nations with common history:  A group of nations with a common history or political interests.  4. Society:  The public or society in general.  5. Interacting plants and animals:  all the plants and animals that live in the same area and interact with one another.  6. Same as virtual community:  People sharing cyberspace connection: a group of people communicating with each other via the Internet.

Society

Definition:  1. Relationships among groups:  The sum of social relationships among groups of humans or animals.  2. Structured community of people:  A structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality.  3. Customs of a community:  The customs of a community and the way it is organized, e.g. its class structure.  4. Subset of Community: A particular section of a community that is distinguished by particular qualities.  5. Prominent People:  The prominent or fashionable people in a community, or their social life.  6. Companionship: the state of being with other people.  7. Group sharing interests:  an organized group of people who share an interest, aim, or profession.

Culture

Definition:  1. Arts collectively:  Art, music, literature, and related intellectual activities, considered collectively. Culture is necessary for a healthy society. Popular Culture.  2. Knowledge and sophistication: enlightenment and sophistication acquired through education and exposure to the arts. They are people of culture.  3. Shared beliefs and values of group:  The belief, customs, practices, and social behavior of a particular nation or people. Southeast Asian Culture.  4. People with shared beliefs and practices:  A group of people whose shared beliefs and practices identify the particular place, class, or time to which they belong.  5. Shared attitudes:  A particular set of attitudes that characterizes a group of people. The company tries hard to avoid a blame culture.  (And then there are all the medical definitions, but we don’t need these for our purposes.)

Politics

Definition: 1. Activities associated with government: The theory and practice of government, especially the activities associated with governing, with obtaining legislative or executive power, or with forming and running organizations connected with government. 2. Political Life: Political activity as a profession.  3. Power relationships in specific field: the interrelationships between the people, groups, or organizations in a particular area of life especially insofar as they involve power and influence or conflict. The politics of education.  4. Calculated Advancement: The use of tactics and strategy to gain power in a group or organization.  5. Same as political science: The study of political organizations and institutions, especially governments

All definitions from the Encarta Dictionary: English (North America), Microsoft 2011

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3 thoughts on “Education and Public Policy Series : Definitions

  1. Lani says:

    Looking forward to your posts. I’m an English teacher here in Thailand, but I taught at a Waldorf school in the US. I’m actually pretty passionate about this topic as well. So glad I found you! (through the FB blogging community) Cheers.

    • Megan D. says:

      I can’t wait to hear what you have to add! I always find it fascinating when people go to teach overseas! I would love to hear your stories. I read and watch a lot on the subject and hope to share some of the things I’ve learned. We need a new approach to teaching.

      • Lani says:

        Agreed. Trust me, we have the same, if not similar problems over here too! A new approach to teaching and education is not only needed, but I think is coming soon. I feel like a lot of educators are disgusted with the way things are going and perhaps are starting to feel like there is something we can do TOGETHER about it.

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