Problem

Divisive effects of formal schooling

Nature:
As formal school education is taken increasingly seriously, young people are being removed both from gainful employment and from the home. The shift in values derived from increased exposure to education produces acute conflicts between the young and their parents. For example, sometimes the young people in rural communities feel they are entitled to as much leisure time as those in more urban areas, yet when they come home from school they are expected to do a number of household chores; and as the conflict increases, the means of discipline demand more attention - old-style school discipline may have been harsh or physically harmful. The result is that, while providing up-to-date education for its young people, communities lack local social forms for involving them in community areas broader than formal schooling. Communities waver between upholding old expectations and rapidly advancing into a modern style. The combination of a vacillating set of social expectations and the young person's feeling of being stifled by generational differences contributes to many young people leaving home for additional training or employment. Unless this trend is curbed the future development of local communities will be deprived of vigour and vision.
Broader Problems:
Inadequacy of formal education
Values:
Division
Ill
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Education Education
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality Education
Date of last update
10.02.1997 – 00:00 CET