History of Education & “National Exam”

What is Education? What is “National Exam”? What is the purpose of education? What are the purpose of national exams? What is the root of the development of education? When did national exam become so important?


How many participants of education (directly/indirectly), took time to look at the history of mankind’s journey in learning and development?

Lets explore these questions together. Here are two links, to take a read, before you continue scrolling through this article.

History of Education: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_education

History of Exams: http://higheredstrategy.com/a-brief-history-of-exams/

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Now we take most information from online sources, with a pinch of salt, as we do not know its source or the agenda of the author of the information. Lets reflect.

Looking at how education is formed over the  thousands of years, through the foundation of scribe, education is made to create a central form of communication that would allow one to relate to another through time. In almost all civilization, education has always been an avenue for the rich to gain knowledge and wisdom. So to engage in education, it seems like one has to be of certain wealth and status. Now say if I’m a poor chap (monetarily), and I wish to be un-poor. I will either rob the rich, and risk been punish by being burn, or get educated to being in the same status as the wealthy. Taking those elements into consideration, wouldn’t the argument tilt towards, education as a mean to get rich and successful. The centralization of communication via education, is also to reinforce the status and wealth of the rich and powerful, who are now even more equipped with the knowledge they have gain through education.

Education were never meant to be free, almost all free-education, has been retracted from the people of the society, as that would create too many educated individuals that may cause a revolutionary change the the current status and position of power of certain group of people. Looking at that angle, how then is education related to learning and development of an individual holistically. Education is simply meant to be use as an avenue to reinforce power, wealth and status.

The famous sentence among many humanitarian group, “Using education to alleviate poverty, is evidently true”. For with education, one can move up the social status and gain more wealth. But is that what we envision for our young ones, wealth, social status, power. Have a good scan of all the educated politicians and leaders of our world. What did Education do to them?

Students take a university entrance examination at a lecture hall in the Andalusian capital of Seville

The history of examination on the other hand, takes the story of education to the next level. The use of examination has always, I mean ALWAYS been used to produce Civil Servants. They have never been a gauge of intelligence. They are always used to measure obedience and academical excellence. All in line, with serving the government or political power of those civilization.  Would any of us want a de-stabilized civil service, that has many creative personality that cause the central institute to spend more time handling their civil servants “creativity” than delivery civilian services to the public efficiently (Not that most of them are efficient to start with).

In MY conclusion, Education and Examination are useful for those who wants to venture into the civil service or grow in power and status. But for those who seek creativity, skills, character development, leadership and various other element, our learning journey lies somewhere beyond Education and Examination. Do not let these two element define us.

(Remember to take some time to read the links in the articles, they give the context for the article)


2 thoughts on “History of Education & “National Exam”

  1. I agree with what you say but this is about “formal education” and the history of formal education.
    Education doesnt mean formal education
    Etymologically, the word “education” is derived from the Latin ēducātiō (“A breeding, a bringing up, a rearing”) from ēducō (“I educate, I train”) which is related to the homonym ēdūcō (“I lead forth, I take out; I raise up, I erect”) from ē- (“from, out of”) and dūcō (“I lead, I conduct”).


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