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"Symbols Cult" in Modern Education
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Pages: 65-72+103-104
Year: Issue:  3
Journal: Higher Educational Research in Communications

Keyword:  education symboleducation symbol culteducational efficiencyeducational equityeducational resourceseducational dissimilation;
Abstract: Modern education has entered into the culture of "symbols cult",the pursuit of formal cult covers the pursuit of educational real purpose.The public chase famous schools and teachers,trust to the certainty knowledge,too much emphasis on the education efficiency.All these demonstrate the influence on the education from the marketization and commercialization environ-ment.Education symbol cult exaggerates the influence that presents the mark of educational object or educational object relationship to human’s development.Under the impetus of power and interest,the value that education cult brings is overemphasized.The educational function is treated under the utilitarianism sphere,and the instrumental value is also overemphasized.Blind education symbol cult makes interschool unbalanced.Famous universities and middle schools possess much better students and gain more resource cause unbalanced between schools.Moreover,blind education cult results in the student’s individual limitation.The cult of famous teachers,schools,certainty knowledge,education efficiency,external quantitative standard covers the features that a student is a initiative subject.Students are addicted to famous schools,academic celebrity,certainty knowledge and education efficiency.The students become the "product" that is short of consciousness and ability to think independently,which will influence the student’s future development in the long term.The employers further strengthen the tendency of this education symbols cult.The employers value the school class and educational degree.On the other hand,the education symbols cult is endowed with much more extra meaning,power,interest,capital and other things that bring by education symbols,leading to the problem of educational equity.The emergence of education symbols cult has profound social roots.The public have superficial understanding about education symbols and elite.Meanwhile,the deficiency of excellent educational resources and unbalanced between schools induces people to select the schools which possess "superior symbols’ " school.On the other hand,the social screening mechanism is so simple that strengthens the pursuit of superior education symbols.Furthermore,the reproduction of education symbols exaggerates the blind cult to "education symbols".
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