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An education belief worth reflection: Molding intellectuals

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Molding intellectuals is one of the expectations people have, which comes from a deep-rooted belief in education. The humanity hypothesis of this belief is to take knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge as the only prescription for human beings. This hypothesis overturns the relation of knowledge and life. Intellectuals make scientific paradigm as the limit of knowledge. Experience and consciousness outside the paradigm are ejected from the scope of knowledge. Accordingly, knowledge of intellectuals is broken away from a human being’s life. Under the domination of this conception of knowledge, the world of intellectuals has become a world deficient of meaning. The belief that education molds intellectuals should be deconstructed gradually, with criticism in both practice and theory.

Affiliations: 1: School of Education Science, Nanjing Normal University


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