What is the purpose of education?

I’ll warn you now I don’t have the answers but this question was prompted by reading, on facebook, that there is going to be a Virgin Disruptors debate on education.  Having read the article I decided to share it and add my own comments.  When I started I didn’t realise quite how much I had to say and I thought I’d bring my thoughts over here as well.

“I had to share this. I love that this debate will take place. I am really grateful for the education I had. Looking back there seemed more encouragement, less comparison and effort appeared to be valued as much as results (maybe my glasses are rose tinted).

I know that I still had to strongly influence the direction that my education took. I may have been shy but I was the one who refused to take exam subjects just because ‘they’d be good for a job’. I insisted on taking art because I loved it, not because I was good at it (I passed though). I arranged my own work experience and refused to go to university. All with the support of my parents I hasten to add.

When I left the education system I was most proud, not of the tally of exam results, but of the reference I asked our headmaster for. (I have no idea where I got this idea from).

In it he referred to a charity fashion show I’d organised as well as to my exam results. He went on to comment that I had shown that success could be achieved quietly without blowing my own trumpet.

It may seem like I’m blowing my own trumpet now but I hope what I’m showing here is that I benefited from taking responsibility for my own decisions, for my own belief in what was right for ME as the quiet but determined individual that I was.

That is what my work is about now. Helping others to see their skills, strengths and possibilities and to take responsibility for making the best of them.”


About Clare Wildman

Life coaching from Lincolnshire. Having moved from Milton Keynes I'm now based between Boston and New York, in the UK. Looking forward to welcoming clients to the new coaching room and having the option for walking as we talk or taking advantage of sunny days in the garden.