WHY IS EDUCATION SO IMPORTANT?

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WHY IS EDUCATION SO IMPORTANT?

 

With the school year upon us and students ready to return to the classroom it is understandable why they (or their parents/guardians) may be a little apprehensive about the new school year.   Whether it is a new school or college, everyone has a new classroom to enter, a new teacher to meet as well as new friends and other friends to get reacquainted with.   So the importance of education cannot be stated enough. It is a self-enlightening process. It is crucial to the overall development of an individual and the society at large.  What would you do if you weren’t allowed to go to school and get an education?   For starters, you wouldn’t be able to read or write.   Possibly have to work for minimum wage at a factory and be less than thrilled with that.   The big thing would be that if you had children you’d be unable to work with your child/children on counting, reading, writing or any sort of skill that you may never had the opportunity to learn yourself.

The biggest part of growing up is making the right choices that will benefit you in the future. The idea is to get an education so that you can choose a career, have hopes and dreams, set and reach your goals.   Education is so powerful because without it, early civilizations would have struggled to survive and thrive as a culture.   It is important that adults trained the young of their society in the knowledge and skills they would need to master and pass on to future generations.

The evolution of culture and human beings as a species depended on the practice of knowledge. When cultures began to extend their knowledge beyond the basic skills of communicating, trading, gathering food, religious practices, and so forth, formal education and schooling eventually followed.

The Right to Education is a fundamental human right.   It occupies a central place in Human Rights and is essential and indispensable for the exercise of all other human rights and for development.   As an empowerment right, education is the primary vehicle by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty, and obtain the means to participate fully in their communities.   None of the civil, political, economic and social rights can be exercised by individual unless they received a minimum education.

The first time we are introduced to formal education is in school. The school years are the grounding years of one’s education. Schools are institutions that lay the foundation of a child’s development. They play a key role in developing children into responsible citizens and good human beings. It’s a school where young talent is recognized and nurtured. On leaving school, we are all set to soar high in life, and enter the real world in pursuit of our dreams.

Education provides us with knowledge about the world. It paves the way for a good career. It helps build character. It leads to enlightenment. It lays the foundation of a stronger nation. Education makes a man complete.  Education enriches people’s understanding of themselves. He has said that education is an investment in human capital, and it can have a great impact on a nation’s growth and development.

So, Why is Education Important?

It Gives Knowledge

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – A direct effect of education is knowledge gain. Education gives us knowledge of the world around. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us form opinions and develop a point of view. The information we are constantly bombarded with, cannot be converted into knowledge without the catalyst called education. Education makes us capable of interpreting things rightly and applying the gathered information in real life scenarios. Education is not limited to lessons from textbooks. Real education is obtained from the lessons taught by life.

It Leads to Career Progression

“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.” – Education is important because it equips us with the expertise that is needed in helping us realize our career goals. Expertise is an in-depth knowledge about a specific field and it’s apt to open doors to brilliant career opportunities. Education fetches better prospects of career growth. Good education is an eligibility criterion for employment in any sector of the industry. Be it any field, education always proves to be rewarding. We are weighed in the market on the basis of our educational skills and on how well we can apply them.

It Builds Character

“A man’s own manner and character is what most becomes him.” – The words ‘cultivate’ and ‘civilize’ are synonymous with ‘educate’. That says it all. Education is important as it teaches us the right behavior and good manners, thus making us civilized. It is the basis of culture and civilization. It is instrumental in the development of our values and virtues. Education cultivates us into mature individuals; individuals capable of planning for the future, and taking the right decisions in life. It gives us an insight into living, and teaches us to learn from experience. It makes us self-confident, and develops our abilities to think, analyze, and judge. It fosters principles of equality and socialism. It forms a support system for one to excel in life. It is the backbone of society. It won’t be wrong to say that good education makes us more human.

It Leads to Enlightenment

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Education paves the path to disillusionment. It wipes out the wrong beliefs from our minds. It helps create a clear picture of things around, and erases all the confusion. It kindles the flame of curiosity and helps awaken the abilities to question, and to reason. The more we learn, the more questions we have, and without questions, there are no answers. Education teaches us to find answers. It makes us more self-aware. It leads us to enlightenment.

It Helps a Nation Progress

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – Though not enlisted as one of the three basic human needs, education is equally important. For the progress of a nation, for the enrichment of society in general, education is important. A country’s literate population is its asset. In today’s competitive world, it won’t be wise to neglect the importance of education for the development of society as a whole. Most countries have realized this. It has led to the development of many government-aided educational programs and government grants to schools and colleges. The motive behind this is fostering education in society. The future of a nation is safe in the hands of the educated. Education is important for the social development and economic growth of a nation.

Schools and other educational institutes define the basic framework of education. Schooling gives us the fundamentals. We specialize in fields of our interest during degree courses. The number of institutes offering vocational courses and those offering online education is increasing by the day. Vocational courses help earn specialized education. Online degree programs help the working class and adults pursue education even while continuing work. Distance education has proven to be of great help for many. But education is not limited to that obtained from educational institutes. Learning is a lifelong process. Rather, self-learning begins at a point where institutional education ends. The process of self-learning continues throughout one’s life.

 

In summary, I think and believe that education is an important and very valuable tool, because without learning, the world would function poorly.   I still get an education to this day, in part because I desire happiness, a brighter future, financial security and knowledge (and growth).   Don’t let anyone tell you that an education isn’t important in your life or for your future. Because you’d be selling yourself short if you do.

Kathy Kiefer

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