Dr. Martin Luther King on Education

Dr. Martin Luther King on Education

According to Dr. Martin Luther King, " The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically".

In 1947, when Martin Luther King, Jr., the most prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.A was only 18 years old, wrote a short essay in 'The Maroon Tiger', the Morehouse College campus newspaper. The article was titled, "The Purpose of Education." This powerfully worded piece argues that we must not confuse education with knowledge. Education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education makes a man more efficient in his life and at the same time it helps him to make a culturally rich society. A true education helps a man to think critically and incisively. The purpose of education is not to equip us with the proper instruments of exploitation so that we can forever trample over the masses. Intelligence plus character should be the true goal of education.

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