Let’s Get Educated For A Better Future
NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY ODISHA
To understand the importance of education, let’s go through the dialogue a distressed student named “Rama” has with his self-created alter ego character named “Shyam” in his mind while he is dressing up for school.
Rama: - What is education?
Shyam: - Education can be succinctly defined as objective thinking about issues affecting our everyday life. It involves self-reflection on the causes of one’s action and the need to realize the importance of one’s existence.
Rama: - What does being educated actually mean?
Shyam: - Education is an everlasting process of learning concluding in the enlightenment of the learner. An educated individual is civilized and appreciates, accepts and accommodates the distinctiveness of each and every other individual of the society.
Rama: - Is going to school synonymous to being educated?
Shyam: - No, to be educated it is not necessary for one to go to any organized traditional educational institutions. This is also evident through the sharp rise in the enrollment of students in alternative schools. Some of the greatest businessmen and leaders across the globe were school drop outs. This verifies that education is very important but need not necessarily be achieved through orthodox methods of schooling.
Rama: - So what is the significance of education if not through schooling?
Shyam: - The significance of education is to instill independent thinking in the mind of a person with respect to issues pertinent to human life. This mindset would equip students to make more meaningful decisions in life and acquire daily life skills such as empathizing with people of different or poor backgrounds, caring for other living beings, understand the social realities and continuously striving for greater excellence.
Rama: - Is education beneficial to the society?
Shyam: - Education implies human advancement and it is also one of the prime parameters in the overall development of a nation. The rise in the educational standards of the people in a country is evidence of the inclusive development of the country as it reduces the effect of vices such as poverty, social stigmas and illiteracy. Education is one of the major touchstone in building a more prosperous, developed and healthy society as well as nation.
Rama: - What is stopping everyone in the world from being educated?
Shyam: - Each and every country has a different political, social and economic structure and in most of the countries education is not considered as a priority thereby depriving a large number of people from the benefits of education. Whereas, in some other countries the reasons can be corruption in the Teaching Board, under qualified teachers, inadequate infrastructure etc.
Rama: - Isn’t the present schooling structure sufficient for educating students?
Shyam: - Imparting knowledge is one of the primary objectives of any schooling system but in the contemporary era the priorities of schools have changed. In today’s schooling structure tutoring is usually confused with education. Students attending schools and universities with high fee structures are usually tutored to regurgitate the facts learnt in the classrooms in a particular examination to secure jobs. This process has been continuing since the inception of organized schooling and has resulted in students being less educated and more tutored. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that in the present structure a student ever gets educated.
Rama: - How does education change your life if not through schooling?
Shyam: - Education is the constant exploration of self. This journey of self-exploration is an unending voyage with books, ideas and thoughts as your companion. An educated person is a lifelong learner and he always has the intrinsic craving to help others, understand social differences and a desire to accommodate everyone. Education is similar to a trump card and it help an individual overcome the obstacles of life. It is important to note here that education can do away with most of the problems which one might face like poverty, social stigma and unemployment. Education is one of the most powerful weapons with which one can change the course of his/her’s life.
Rama: - Can one spread education by himself without establishing a school?
Shyam: - Yes, education also incorporates spreading positive thoughts. The conventional model of school is not necessary for spreading education. Any conversation with any other person which involves an exchange of ideas can qualify as spreading of education.
Rama: - How can we use the current day technological advancements for spreading the idea of importance of education?
Shyam: - With the advent of globalization and scientific progress maximal proximity with students across the globe is now realized. This can be exploited and social networking websites can be used as a means to share thoughts on importance of education. Online awareness campaigns can be held so that everybody would be educated about the importance of education. Lectures can be delivered online by eminent educators, scholars, businessmen and leaders regarding importance of education. This would definitely implant the seed of learning in each and every student.
Rama: - So what can I conclude from all these ideas?
Shyam: - Education is a never ending process and one has to spread the idea of education as it benefits not only one person but also the nation. The changing socio-economic scenario has provided youths with ample resources to afford better education at lower cost one of the mode being positive use of technology. Therefore, let’s get educated and not tutored.
Rama came back to reality from his day dream and went off to school to get educated.