Back to: Educational Studies UGC NET – Unit 1
Critically Assess the Conservative and Creative Functions of education in the society
Education is necessary for every individual in life. It not only helps in the individual’s growth but also in the continuous development of the society. It is through education that an individual learns discipline and the basic etiquette needed to behave as a responsible citizen of the society. Education may be divided into two categories depending upon their nature- Conservative and Progressive. Education should be both conservative and creative for the advancement of society. This will not only be beneficial for the society but in return be equally helpful for the individual himself/herself.
1. Conservative Function:
Society and education are closely connected and there cannot be one without the other. Education not only plays a vital role in the development of the society but also in holding on to the traditions practised through generations. It helps one in understanding the importance of preserving and practising the values, beliefs, culture, religion, etc that was followed by their ancestors and transmitting the same to the next generation. Adopting the conservative roles happens slowly and naturally.
Every society has its own way of living and practising things and one is able to learn their way of functioning in the society through education. This way the succeeding generations will be able to adopt the customs and values of their society and make it a part of their everyday life.
2. Progressive Function:
As much as preserving the traditions through generations is crucial, being creative and bringing necessary changes in the society through ages is also a must. Society should be a dynamic one to keep advancing with time. The modern development of society is through creative functions. Being creative brings the necessary positive changes needed and makes the society as desired.
Education is an essential element of social change. Innovative and creative ideas are introduced in society through the existence of education. Society is able to keep developing for good with creative functions. The changes brought may not necessarily be of permanent nature. As society is dynamic and not static, it will keep evolving with time.
Education is crucial for understanding both the conservative and progressive functions of society. Both conservative and progressives roles have to be part of education for a balanced evolution of society. Sticking with the old values while bringing new visions will make the society as desired. Hence, making both conservative and creative functions as part of the education helps in the proper development of society