THE ESSENCE OF EDUCATION
Education is the knowledge of basic skills, technical discipline. These skills are associated with the value of knowledge it’s the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Looking around the world today, I feel like we have lost our understanding of the true essence of education. Quite a large number of students today simply go to school because they feel obligated to do so. Others go to school just for the benefit of being able to say that they also had an education.
I remember when I was little, and in primary school, most children my age didn’t like the idea of going to school. They cried their eyes out every school day while I on the other hand was always excited about going to school. True, school wasn’t always fun, but the thought of learning something new always got me psyched and as I grew up and got promoted, my knowledge also increased. The hunger for more knowledge never stops.
WHAT IS EDUCATION?
Education is the culmination of facts, experiences, and thought that is gained over a lifetime. It is the useful part of learning. According to Wikipedia definition, Education is said to be the process of facilitating learning, it is also said to be the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.
- Education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession, a degree, level, or kind of schooling; a university education.
- It gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better.
- It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life.
Judging from all these definitions that are given, education is not just all about receiving lectures in the four walls of a class room. There are no restrictions where education is concerned.It's not just about knowing all the formulas in mathematics, its not just knowing how to speak good English, its not just about being the best in our various classes or departments, while those are vital components of education, lets ask ourselves these questions, “is that really the essence of education?” “What happens after School?”
Quite a number of graduates from different institutions have been asked what they plan to do with their lives after school. In most cases many of them do not have an idea of what they want to do, one reason probably been that they were too busy bothering about grades than taking out time to think about the big question “What Next?”. They approach life with a mindset of ‘what will be will be’. The truth is that we cannot face the challenges or overcome obstacles that have plagued us for so long with that kind of mindset. It just doesn’t work that way! The bigger picture should be how we can restructure our mindset and focus on preparing ourselves to face the real-life challenges.
A lot of students will say” Oh, how I miss school life” But in truth, you shouldn’t miss it. You should see your graduation from the university as a stepping stone to the more adult class which is popularly known as “LIFE” because in Life, you don’t get warned before tests or exams are handed to you, it’s the reverse. Life tests you first, and then u learn your lesson!
What are the benefits of education?
- Education helps develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make better choices and decisions
- It increases economic growth and stability.
- It is an invaluable tool that liberates the minds of individuals to an elevated state of understanding and potential.
- It enhances the lives of individuals and allows the society to develop and flourish.
- It gives meaning to life. It gives us reasons to be hopeful.
Education is currently highly priced, with financial burdens serving to be a limiting force for many potential students. The ultimate tool to really increase the abundance of educational opportunities begins in the very least at lowering the tuition fees. Lets always keep in mind that education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.