What is Education? - The Concept of Education
I believe, education is one of those things that are being taken and adopted with many of the wrong concepts. The essence of education and being educated is being almost vanished from the hearts of the teachers and from the minds of the students. The concept has been taken wrong, wrong enough to dilute the mind of students and mix it with the material things like 'only good grades' (with no logic at all & even by the way cheating and copying) or the dreams of that high-paying job even when you have to do the wrong things (like tax evasion etc).
This article of mine is an attempt to remind the basics of education and its importance beyond monetary rewards. I hope many people will try to find out the positivity (apart from only skewing the negative points) and will get the concept right.
So ... WHAT IS EDUCATION?
Let's get the concept right. WHAT IS EDUCATION?
You may find many answers about WHAT IS EDUCATION. But according to the definition given at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education, Education is:
“Education in the largest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense, education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another.”
I know this definition will not be comprehended easily by many readers. So, for the sake of the common man’s understanding, there are some ‘easy to understand’ definitions of Education with the same flavor.
SIMPLE definitions of Education
We can understand the real essence of education by reading and grasping the gist of any of the following explanations:
1. The act or process of education that leads a person to better understanding of the situations in his life.
2. The process of imparting and acquiring knowledge and training to grow one’s intellectual and mental capabilities, so as to make mature decisions in different situations.
3. The learning process by which any knowledge can be obtained.
4. An enlightening experience.
Whatever definition you may find interesting or accurate. One thing must be noted that the gist of all the above explanations for education lies in the passive idea of “Being educated”. Unfortunately, what I think, has been the problem for many of our institutions is that they are seemed to forget the real pleasure of transferring, not only the books’ texts into their pupils’ brains, but the consciousness and sense that what they (the students) are getting here, is not only limited to securing good grades and to apply for a better job. The process of being educated is really far more precious and prestigious than only monetary terms.
This is my request and a responsbility to inform, guide, assist and carve a path for all the younger ones out there (and of course to all the teachers and managers of educational institutes), to please look at the BIGGER PICTURE, do not get stuck with only the grades that you are getting, or just that 6-8 hours that you are spending going to school or college and strutting back towards home. There is nothing to be proud of unless and until you are tasting the real essence of education and that can only be happened possible if you get the basic concept right, do some efforts apart from your teacher, do not go with the traditional way or the norms or the customs, if they are wrong. None of you will die of hunger, but if you put your moral ethics behind you, that will sure convert you into a living-dead-body with no emotions, no sensitivity and no education whatsoever. This is a call to moral ethics, and the younger generations have to understand this for a better, civilized and ethically correct world. Not like this one, where commercialization and materialism overcame and ruined the moral obligations and ethics within people. Some differences were important to distinguish humans from other creatures. But unfortuntely, they all are faded and blurred.