As a youth I can attest to being told daily how important education is. I was drenched with hearing that if you did not acquire an education, there is no space in society for you. However, as I got older and wiser, I came to realize that there is a difference between having an education, and being educated. Having an education is only a central step towards becoming fully empowered and that there is a need for us to be educated.
Education is important in any part of the world, and nowhere is that more true than in your own home country. Everyone wants their country to be successful, to produce great thinkers and educators, and to really improve the world. People also want their country to be respected and liked and thought of as a smart and civilized country.
Education is a wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. Education requires instruction of some sort from an individual or composed literature. The most common forms of education result from years of schooling that incorporate studies of a variety of subjects.
To be educated is to develop mentally, morally, religious, or aesthetically. To say that someone is educated doesn’t necessarily imply that the individual excels in a specific field, but rather that they have a substantial amount of knowledge in a series of different areas. A truly educated person should be well informed in many different areas, as well as being able to interact with various types of people.
I often read articles, hear people speak, and wonder, am I the only one who doesn’t know what that term is that they are using? Usually my question pertains to a commonly used term that I should clearly know the definition of, but just don’t.
Given that we have a basic definition of higher education, why do you need it? According to many sources I’ve studied, higher education offers graduates more jobs to choose from than are open to those who don’t pursue education beyond high school, and graduates typically earn more than non graduates.
But more than just the money factor, higher education improves an individual’s quality of life. College graduates have longer life spans, better access to health care, better dietary and health practices, greater economic stability and security, more prestigious employment and greater job satisfaction, less dependency on government assistance, greater civic knowledge, greater community service and leadership, more volunteer work, more self-confidence, and less criminal activity and incarceration.
Higher education, theoretically, will also enable individuals to expand their knowledge and skills, express their thoughts clearly in speech and in writing, grasp abstract concepts and theories, and increase their understanding of the world and their community.
There are lots of different opinions on how education can improve as a society. There are people who feel it’s pretty perfect as it is. It is pretty great, but a country with such a poor rating in the fundamentals of education can hardly claim to be “perfect”. It’s a sign of failing times and failing children. People are pretty happy to trade things for their children but now people seem to be trading their children’s education without really getting anything in return.
There’s no substitute for a good education. Give children the right chances from the start and society as a whole improves. One of the reasons that kids get involved in crime is because they feel they have no hope. They have been let down by the system and they have nothing else they can do. A good education can help change that. There’s one perk of a good education right there; one way that society is improved.
There are people who feel that education should be free at the college level and above, and some who feel the opposite way. Mostly because they had to pay their own way and they feel others should have to. Or they just don’t want to pay higher taxes. Most of these people would pay for their children’s education if they could. A lot of them probably do.
What’s the difference between paying for your child’s education, and paying for every child’s education? Think of it as an investment in the future. There’s no telling what a child might become but they won’t get to become anything without that important start; a good education.
Often we hear people stressing that their children must go to college if they want to get a good job, make a good income, and support a family. Just as often, colleges or universities are pre-selected for those children because that particular institution is a parent’s alma mater. Then, a child is often sent to that institution without clear direction (i.e., a clear plan of a major and a goal at the end). What a sad, but all too typical, story.
Once people purchase their home, there is no greater expenditure of money than sending a child to a college or university. Further, this decision is often made with little thought or planning. We send the child to school, he or she goes for a few years, and then, all of a sudden, is on the spot to pick a major. Credits in various areas are tallied, and often the decision rests on what area has the most credits. How foolish we are when it comes to higher education. We don’t plan. We don’t counsel our children in this area. We treat this particular expenditure pretty cavalierly considering how much money and time is at risk.
Before you place extreme importance on a college education, however, remember that a college degree is worthless if one does not value it. It is of little value for our children to master chemistry and algebra if they don’t know how to get along with their spouses or cannot learn how to discipline their children. It is of little value for one to be fluent in several foreign languages if he doesn’t have tongue control. It is of little value for one to diagram a sentence if one cannot communicate true feelings.