What is education for ?Watch
I guess if I was writing it, I would split the essay into two arguments: :education is good for its own sake', and 'education is good because it is useful'. I would then read up on the main Greek philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, all those guys) and make a note of which side they argued for and why.
At it as a tool to increase employability ie transferable skills.
I may go from this angle to succeed in economy and to be prepared for adult life
In all seriousness, though - you said you felt you should include a philosophical aspect: is this a philosophy essay? If so, you'll probably need to reference a philosopher somewhere. This will mean finding some philosophers who support your view (of which I can think of none, sorry!), OR -and this might be better - write about why the Greek philosophers' views on education do not apply to modern society, which is more career-based and money-driven.
Either way (unless this is a casual assignment to gauge what the students think of education), your examiner is probably looking for more than just your opinion. If you need help understanding philosophical texts... I know it's not generally recommended, but Wikipedia often gives good summaries. I use it. Helps you figure out where the writer's going if you're struggling to get to grips with the old-fashioned language.
It’s not a philosophical assignment or a reflective piece. It’s just where I ended up :/. So I’m ditching that idea and concentrating on the development of personal growth, citizenship and occupational preparation , how does that sound ???
I think your latest idea is better, though, as it covers various reasons why education is important and you could compare/contrast.