Defining Aims of Education
When it comes to the Aims of Education, schools are generally guided by the national curricula of their respective countries. For example, in India, the National Curriculum Framework of the NCERT states one of the aims as; The guiding principles ... provide the landscape of social values within which we locate our educational aims. The first is a commitment to democracy and the values of equality, justice, freedom, concern for others’ well-being, secularism, respect for human dignity and rights.
The question here is, how do we interpret this aim for primary education. Surely, we do not expect children of ages 5 to 10 to understand these potent words. Surely their world experiences are not so broad that they can see a need for such values.