understand, modify & enjoy

Peterson, A. D. C. 1972. “Secondary Education as a Phase in Life-Long Education.” Comparative Education 8 (1):1-5.

Peterson wrote on open education and lifelong learning back in 72, stated that the aims of education are to enable people to better understand, modify and enjoy their environments. It is a problem that schools tend to focus on the first, whereas young people tend to be more interested in the other two – modify and enjoy. When institutions exercise this control, focusing on what is relevant to the institution rather than the learner, it can alienate students from education. When students have a say in their learning, the benefits of education can be much more readily apparent.