MLK and the Purpose of Education, 1948

Martin Luther King graduated from Morehouse College in 1948. During his senior year, MLK wrote the following words on the “Purpose of Education“. As we seek to pursue urban education within a Christian context, I thought his words on education were especially encouraging and on-target:

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.”

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My takeaway: PURPOSE (God-given worthy objectives) is as important to living as is EDUCATION. And what powerful allies they are together.