<标题> The first question I have asked myself is what is education? Through research and my own opinion I have come to believe that education is not just about the children, it is about everyone. Education is also the curriculum, the pursuit of knowledge and gaining skills for your future life. It is not just about sitting in the classroom. It should go beyond the four walls of the classroom and should not be forced. Perhaps above all education is about teaching people how to think and how to question what they see and hear. In short, children need to be educated to live fully, not merely trained to perform a set of limited tasks.Tony Blair declared on becoming prime minister in 1997 "education, education, education." He spoke to the nation that education was the top priority for his government, but even now the problems are manifold, among them failing schools and disruptive and obviously bored children.Many philosophers including Woodhead (2002) see education as children being taught knowledge and facts and that it should be taught using the values from schooling in the 1950's. I believe these views to be short sighted on what education should be. However philosophers such as Illich (1970), Broudy (1988) and Froebel (1887) all believe in an education where children are not seen as empty vessels and that children learn best in an informal setting surrounded by creativity. These philosophers shall be looked at in more detail throughout this assignment.Through this assignment I am going to concentrate on the past, present and the future of education, and how the past and the present have aided my views for education in the years to come.