What Is Education For?
One thing a school might be doing in generally educating the student is teaching him or her appropriate patterns of responsible civic behavior, says Harvard professor Sean Kelly.
Money and power and physical pleasures are not irrelevant in making life worth living. But they are certainly not sufficient on their own. So whether you are studying mathematics or business or philosophy or medicine, or whether you have simply devoted yourself to the physical pleasures of life, you have a right to hope that the life and career you pursue in these areas is in addition one that you experience as meaningful and worthwhile. This is the sense in which a general education ought to be the right of every student no matter what discipline he or she is in.
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Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Even when they suffer costs in doing so.
- It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
- In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
- The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.
- Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
- He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
- Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
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