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Education is said to be the backbone of a nation. Although it has been a prerogative for the collective throughout generations, it is most significantly a requirement for the individual, because a community is formed by his/her skills, in terms of merit and quality of the individual constituents of the society. That is why Napoleon said “Give me an educated mother…… educated nation.” Education reforms one in such a manner that it becomes one’s responsibility to spread it because one can’t think only of oneself anymore – the collective motive becomes one’s own.

 By striving to learn, one becomes a rational person not only by bringing about a change in society by encouraging innovations, analysis of facts and instilling values and morality. Such a thought can be achieved if we analyze concepts like education vs. enlightenment, learning vs. earning and the management of education.

Education is the process through which one acquires knowledge, values, beliefs and certain skills needed for one’s professional life. It is primarily seen as a means to earn livelihood, but it is also a path to enlightenment of the mind which evoke creativity through imagination. Enlightenment is an experience one feels when exposed to any sort of epiphany; spiritual, emotional or imaginative. When enlightened, one simply cannot think of necessary tedious works, he/she tends to think about the process of working and tries to think of creative ways to make the work convenient and invent ideas, devices or areas of study. Teachers are the agents to provoking enlightenment in students.

Learning and earning are two very important aspects of education. One cannot do without the other yet it is necessary to prioritize between them. Learning plays a significant role from the childhood to the adulthood of a person. If a child is taught basic knowledge properly then he/she faces few obstacles. Through proper communication discussion and interaction a child’s imagination can be awakened, he/she can think critically and become more knowledgeable.

 

One significant way to learning is writing. Many thought experiments are better expressed on paper than readings. It has the power to make a student think and learn. A student can better understand his/her study contents if he/she can transfer that into words. Eventually applying different techniques of learning instigates a student’s thirst for knowledge. It also sharpens his inner and outer qualities like analyzing, socializing, multi-tasking etc. education is a continuous process; it should go from the cradle to the grave –this encompasses the idea of self education.

 

Earning should be the second choice of anybody who wishes to value life more than wealth. Although it is a tool for survival, just pursuing education to attain good grades and eventually lead a luxurious life hampers education’s true purpose: To learn and enlighten. It diminishes a person’s moral quality, blunts one’s critical ability to think and ultimately leads his life to chaos owing to cheap and degrading activities one has to do if one ought to be rich.

Ironically it is seen that when earning is prioritized over learning, nothing happens; one remains ignorant of imaginative thinking and devoid of the understanding of basic knowledge since he didn’t learn them by heart. This degrades his work ability and efficiency which makes him ineffective and poor in his work, creating a barrier in earning sufficiently; which was the objective of earning all along. Contrary to this, if learning is made an objective (a learning of high quality based on acute understanding of the concepts any subject) then earning capacity will become evidently well as the learned person will have the required knowledge and sharp skills

for the work. Ultimately if proper learning is attained and fused with earning, then adequate earning will be secured as a by-product.

In order to make the distribution of a proper and high quality education possible attention has to be given to the management of education. We must have a look at the conventional system of education to understand how it’s managed. Conventional system of schooling in our country runs on hard core memorization and students are not encouraged to question or analyze the contents of their subject. Similar system persists internationally although in different rates. Schools and universities still impart knowledge through lectures while students, generally large in number, are obliged to listen and take notes; whether they understand those notes and ideas aren’t a concern; teachers and students both concentrate on finishing the academic syllabus within the required time to get optimum grades. How this system cultivates a student’s practical abilities is a matter of concern. The fruitfulness of teaching depends a lot on the language in which the students learn. Native language is usually preferred as it is easier for students to grasp academic concepts in their mother-tongue. But, for communication and information exchange, both nationally and internationally, it becomes important to acquire the language commonly used in the world. English is such an example. Students from many parts of the planet, including us, struggle to learn the language properly. The problem is even more acute as there is a lack of teachers who can teach in a foreign language at the school level.

The second aspect that is taking place in the world is commercialization of education. Schools and universities have more or less commercialized education for their financial benefit. Meritorious students are hard to find as financial aids and scholarships are barely given, especially in schools. Imparting barely the necessary knowledge without proper explanation in exchange for fortune has become the norm. Such a situation darkens the prospect of learning.

All in all, if proper education is given, it educates the collective through the individual. The individual disseminates the knowledge among the collective, making it a must for the collective to attain proper education through enlightenment awakened in them by the individual. In summary, the transformation of a person from an animalistic status into a rational, potential and dignified entity is a function of education. We should strive to learn out of curiosity and also make others do son for a world worthy of human imaginations and aspirations.

 

 

 

 

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