With education and work being two chief and influential elements in modern society, it is important to understand and explore their purpose, contributions and how they are impacted by other factors such as gender. It is the task of Philosophy to investigate these all-important questions, as it is a field of study in which people question and create theories about the nature of reality. Philosophers concern themselves with more than just the fundamental and mysterious topics as whether or not God(s) exist. The fundamental method of western philosophy is the use of reasoning to evaluate arguments. As such, this book takes a philosophical approach to examining these areas by including arguments from philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Dewey, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre; who have all explored the topic of education and work.
Denise N. Fyffe was born in Jamaica; she is a child of the eighties, the last era where mankind was more into values than temporal vanity. She attended Harbour View Primary and Camperdown High before exploring further educational studies in Computer Programming, Counselling and Education. Denise has a myriad of talents and abilities; however, her one constant passion is writing. Her focus has always been on giving a voice to the human condition and being a constant and ever present witness; a ‘penman’ to all the secrets and tragedies of life. Denise is also a board member of the Jamaican Writers Society.
It is believed that the capability to work is not dependent on one’s gender. It is believed that there are great women in and before our time that have impacted and changed our economy and our nation.
The Philosophy of Education and Work
Albert Einstein puts it quite eloquently when he wrote, “This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil ... our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.” In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilised in a planned fashion which adjusts production to the needs of the community, distributing the work to be done among all those able to work guaranteeing a livelihood to every man, woman and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, attempts to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society (Albert Einstein, 1949, On Education).