chapter  one
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Society and education: a crisis of values

WithDudley Plunkett

The crisis of values people confront in educational institutions and in the wider society is a real one, and it is deepening. Education has been relied upon to support parents and established society in reproducing the succeeding generation in their image. It is a relatively new idea, one that is more common in developing societies, that education could promote social change. The economic contribution of schooling, for example during the industrial revolution, was concerned with reinforcing rather than transforming society. Judged against the need, the task of education is vast, but also quite essential as part of society's efforts to surmount its crisis of values. The unifying factor may not in practice be an explicit religious belief, but the acceptance of an ultimate power over human existence is clearly unifying not just in awareness or belief, but in meaning, purpose and direction for life.