What Should Education Teach?
W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He fought for African American rights and cofounded the NAACP. Du Bois sought social, economic and political reforms to expand equality and access for minorities (Pullman & Van Patten).
Then reflect on the following quote:
â€œEducation and work are levers to uplift a people. Work alone will not do it unless inspired by the right ideals and guided by intelligence. Education must not simply teach workâ€”it must teach life.â€ – W. E. B. DuBois, The Negro Problem, 1903
Although this quote is more than 100 years old, the words still ring true for our society today. Please explain what you think â€œEducation must not simply teach workâ€”it must teach lifeâ€ meant then and what it means now.
Recommended Resource: Short History of W.E.B. DuBois – http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-history-w.e.b.-dubois