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This is a topic I'm working on in my blog currently. http://bioram-changemoocresponse.blogspot.com/
I would say the application of information (knowledge) is the primary goal. I have met many people who are very interesting to talk with due to their accumulation of knowledge. However, they can barely pay their student loans because they cannot apply very much of it.
There's a high-level problem with the question-- you put "knowledge" in parentheses as if it is a synonym or equivalent, and I don't know how many people would agree with that. I don't think accumulation of information is the primary goal of education, though it is an important part. But, to me, that's nothing like knowledge, which is composed of many different things one can do with information: reflect, synthesize, argue, apply, contextualize, etc... information is the raw stuff of those activities...
Putting the word knowledge in parentheses was intentional. I am referring to the concept of knowedge in tems of having an understanding of facts, i.e., accumulated facts. Like many words, knowledge has gained many meanings over time, not all of them compatible. A good example would be how the word theory is used among scientists and how it is used colloquially. The emphasis of the question is in the accumulation of information, a form of knowledge, In the end, can we say some one is educated just because they have built a database in their head filled with facts?
I wish your last statement were true. "In the end, can we say some one is educated just because they have built a database in their head filled with facts?" In the end we say someone is educated because they have earned a piece of paper from an accredited educational organization. Many people have accumulated a surplus of applicable facts and are not considered educated because they have no degree. Those people depend on job references to sustain themselves in society.
Maybe we can rephrase the question. Given that all the facts are stored on databases, is it necessary for an educated person to have these facts stored in their head? If a person could access and use these facts quicker or more effectively using technology than using their brain, would it not make sense that an educated person is someone who knows how to do this, rather than someone who knows the facts?
We are educated so we can better meet human needs in a sustainable way. It about better problem solving.
Maybe today education is to know as much as necessary to move in network communications and get your information there
no,it stand for the all round development of a student.