Education along with the Complete Individual
Education is something which many have said much about. The majority of them are complicated or obscure. Think about the Greek philosopher Aristotle's expression that schooling is'an ornament in prosperity' and'a refuge in adversity'. There are a fantastic many efforts to describe this description, but none have really succeeded in satisfying my curiosity. Alternative lythis is exactly what the English essayist Joseph Addison must say about schooling: What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human spirit. This also, has a fantastic many explanations and elaborations. However, does this really tell us exactly what education is? Does this let's why we are in need of instruction? Not really, because the idea of the soul would be also, until date, a dark location. Just how do we start to understand what everybody claims is vital to life today? To put it simply, education is a process of training our thoughts so that we could employ it into a field of our decision: that is precisely why we have instruction not as one seamless entity, but as a whole composed of different divisions: music instruction, technological and scientific education, art instruction, even instructor instruction!
Education could be considered like eating and picking a fruit. Selecting a specific fruit on the tree is comparable to deciding on a field to find an instruction of. When we bite into it, we get our first taste of this topic. As we chew over the bitten part we start to comprehend its different facets - the tastes, textures, intricacies and complexities of it and if we are prepared to proceed into another part, we consume that which we have assimilated so much that it may be utilized for additional application. The tree we receive the fruit out of is the whole body of previous thinkers' teachings and the voice that tells us which fruit to pick is the interpreter of that knowledge: the teacher.
Throughout the lifelong course of education (no, it's not like school or college which ends after a fixed period of time), we get to know about things that always were, still are and always will be around us, waiting to be recognized and acknowledged. Light plays a central role in education - both literally and metaphorically - for visual inputs are the best learnt and without light - of the sun or electrical - we would be missing out on a whole world of knowledge. In fact, this is where phrases like'light of comprehension','throw light onto the subject','stored in the dark' and so on came from.
You might be thinking, how can we narrow the infinite field of knowledge to select what we will need or want to know? This is where the part on'training the brain' comes in. The mind, as psychology tells us, is the centre of cognitive faculties which enables consciousness, thinking, perception and judgement. It is the kitchen for the information we acquire, where we can season and prepare the bits and pieces of data into comprehensive knowledge. Like any good kitchen, the mind has infinite capabilities (which is often the reason for confusion among us youth when it comes to deciding on a particular field to'concentrate in' for higher education) and therefore needs to be trained in order to make this choice clearer as every good chef needs to know what to or not to use for a dish. Unfortunately, the world we live in does not allow us to experiment with our capabilities without being ostracized or reduced to penury. Thus the need for specialization. And thus the need for education.
Another obvious question would be: how can we get education? It's easier to use metaphors and analogies when describing something like this, but a parallel in the real world is sometimes hard to provide. One answer could be a school, college or university. There are also other means to formally get education. Such as home-schooling, distance learning etc.. All of these provide us with a forum to exchange knowledge - where we can gain as well as give. This is a guided and restricted form of education, especially in the Indian scenario. It is difficult to find a good school where we can tailor our education according to our needs and interests. Often, we fail to avail of the opportunity even if it is within our reach. Peer pressure, our parents' and grandparents' wants, whims and wishes and societal trends all play a role in influencing us. And this very often has an adverse effect with the student being unable to cope with the contradictory inputs and buckling under the combined pressure. An educational system where students can fulfil their desires and not bow to transient trends is necessary for proper development and realization of one's full potential. An example of how this can help could be the famous English poet John Keats. Trained to become a doctor, Keats renounced his apothecary's license to follow his desire, eventually creating a path for himself that no one else has quite been able to match.
Education is not just a pathway to money, as is often considered nowadays. The fact that it provides a doorway to affluence is secondary. Education is first and foremost, I believe, a source of joy and pleasure that is also a means of enhancing our capabilities. It is a landing that provides us with infinite doorways to choose to continue into, each leading to a different yet interconnected walk of life (after all, how can we forget that science and philosophy, despite being 'at odds with one another' go back beyond human comprehension?) .
The needs of the human in order to lead a productive and satisfactory life have long been debated. Yet one point stands clear in this debate: along with the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, education is extremely necessary, especially in today's material world. After all, without education, one cannot gain employment and without employment, one cannot fulfil his/her basic needs and is considered a failure by modern society.
The knowledge we gain through our guided education is definitely useful for life in the sense that they will be required to succeed in gaining and maintaining employment, a must to be accepted in society. Not having a job is enough to have you labelled lazy, a failure, even weird or odd. And any employer will require you to have a thorough knowledge of your field, which is easily available for the taking through education.
Education provides us with an endless canvas. How much of it we put into use is up to us. New fields seem to emerge everyday - parapsychology, particle physics, noetics, to name a few. Although relatively'unknown' or'vague', these have as much importance as the others we know of. The flood of engineers and accountants that India is facing seems to know no end. Easy money is apparently all people seems to think of. They are becoming flat characters in the play of life: although given names like'safety of prospective', lust for a fat wallet seems to be the only motivation.
On the other hand, there are billions of people around the world who want to get an education but are unable to due to poverty, geographical isolation, familial conditions or ignorance. Like the Lady Law, education is blind to the faults or favours of those who take a sip from its pool. The people who are not able to get to its banks because they are dragged back by the brambles of shortcomings - economic, social or cultural - have to endure a life full of superstition, fear, hopelessness, helplessness, poverty and exclusion. The literate but uneducated are considered equal to the illiterate as their life pretty much goes to waste (not everyone is the Old English poet Cædmon, after all). We must, however, keep in mind that this'schooling' is totally career-oriented - a trait that has emerged in the past decades.
Let us now consider another angle. So far we talked of the relevance of education in the tangible corporeal world. But, being human beings, the intangible yet equally expansive world of our feelings is equally important. Education plays a major role in helping us find our niche here as well. We humans are inherently social. Even'loners' possess a minumum of one individual in their own confidence. In reality, the more lone one is, the stronger the bond is with the ones that individual does interact with frequently. Even people who have big buddy circles possess an inner circle of people who they hope. So, where do these buddies come from? The majority of our acquaintances and friends come from faculty, faculty and our office and schooling is the line connecting these dots into another. We go to college and school to get an education, as do people who become our friends. We discuss things that we've learnt somewhere down the line: , through audio, movie, news bulletins, publications, etc.. These, also, are an significant part our education. Academia alone is not sufficient to create us a complete individual. It's absolutely important, however, our personality and character is dependent upon our education too. As we develop, we learn new things and encounter different emotions and feelings. Events and Occasions, also, play a role in education. Growing up, we've quarrelled with our own parents. These occasionally go back over time and destroy the parent-child relationship. Alternately, it may also teach us to give people space and inspire us trying to know before kindly contradicting. Irrespective of that outcome, it teaches us what not to perform if we take up the mantle of parenthood. Whether we set it to use is, obviously, a very different question entirely.
Apart from academic info, schools also impart social instruction. They instruct ussometimes by pointing out our mistakes, what we need or should not do in a specific circumstance. For example, we know to stand up and greet a teacher when he/she moves our classroom. In addition, we learn how to respect our higher-ups and if to follow directions without question. This gives us an notion of the standards of society.
Education teaches us management. It tells us what's acceptable behavior in a specific environment and what is not. Expertise, which is still another sort of instruction, frequently also educates us when to practice care and should become spontaneous. As an instance, in a casual gathering like a home party, it's okay - even expected - to wear casual clothing. Additionally, we could be freer in expressing ourselveswe can speak over one another, raise our voices . Within an office celebration or some similar formal collecting, on the other hand, a particular code of behavior is expected to be followed closely. An expert front - in the two mannerism and look - needs to be preserved. Formal attire is required and an unruly or unkempt look has to be averted. In addition, we learn that these things through publications, amusement, word of mouth . Education and its own imparting is thus an intimate and implicit part of our everyday life too.