Education, if looked at beyond its conventional boundaries, forms the very essence of all our actions. What we do is what we know and have learned, either through instructions or through observation and assimilation. When we are not making an effort to learn, our mind is always processing new information or trying to analyze the similarities as well as the tiny nuances within the context which makes the topic stand out or seem different. If that is the case then the mind definitely holds the potential to learn more, however, it is us who stop ourselves from expanding the horizons of our knowledge with self-doubt or other social, emotional, or economic constraints.
While most feel that education is a necessity, they tend to use it as a tool for reaching a specific target or personal mark, after which there is no further need to seek greater education. Nonetheless, the importance of education in society is indispensable and cohering, which is why society and knowledge cannot be ever separated into two distinct entities. Let us find out more about the role of education in society and how it affects our lives.
Purpose of Education in Society
Education is Self Empowerment
Receiving a good education helps empower you, thus making you strong enough to look after yourself in any given situation. It keeps you aware of your given surrounding as well as the rules and regulations of the society you're living in. It's only through knowledge that you can be able to question authority for its negligence or discrepancies. It is only then that you can avail your rights as a citizen and seek improvement in the structural functioning of governance and economy. It's only when a citizen is aware about the policies of its government can he be able to support or protest the change. As a whole, people can bring about development only when they know where improvement is necessary for the greater good of mankind. Education helps you understand yourself better, it helps you realize your potential and qualities as a human being. It helps you to tap into latent talent, so that you may be able to sharpen your skills.
Financial Stability and Dignity of Life
Another importance of education is that it helps you gain sufficient academic qualification so that you are able to get suitable employment at a later stage. A decent employment would be combined with hard-earned remuneration or salary through which you can look after your personal expenses. While you earn for yourself, you gradually begin to realize the true worth of money and how hard it is to earn it. You realize the significance of saving for a rainy day and for unforeseeable contingencies. You feel empowered because there is a new sense of worth that develops within you, and you feel the need to be independent and free from any further financial support. You take pride in the fact that you are earning for yourself, and are not obligated to anyone.
Growth in Personal Aspiration
There also comes a phase when the amount you are earning presently will seem inadequate because your aspirations and expectations from yourself would have grown considerably. After this, you will want to change jobs so as to have a higher profile. However, here is when you need to be prepared. A promotion of this figure can occur in two given situations, which are, that either you have the necessary higher academic qualification or a college degree which allows you a safe passage, or that you have amassed enough practical experience which allows you to be a suitable candidate for the employment you seek.
On the Job Efficiency
This is why college education is very important after high school and must not be taken for granted. When faced with the option of choosing between a highly qualified candidate and a not so educated candidate, the employers will most probably go in for the qualified person. The reason being that, a qualified candidate will not require much investment of the employer's time and money. The organization need not teach him or her the tricks of the trade, or the various ways of functioning and performing the tasks of the workplace. On the contrary, a novice / amateur applicant would need to be taught everything from scratch, which many employer's are usually not willing to do. The same applies for people who seek higher education and get advanced diplomas while working. These people are continuously improving their profile and their knowledge base so as to go higher up on the competitive ladder.
Helps Plan Ahead
Those who have amassed enough education, steer the path of development and progress for their country. It is these individuals who go ahead and become teachers, scientists, inventors, welfare activists, soldiers, and politicians who work together to form the very backbone of the society. Without this pool of intellect, the economic and social framework would crumple and fall, paving its way for anarchy, degradation, and violence. While this intricate balance of growth is maintained, there will be a continuous rise in progress in all quarters of life, whether that be personal growth, or development of the nation as an entity. This progress has a very important role to play for the coming generations, which will reap the benefits of our hard work, as they develop it further. At the same time, the negative impact of our actions shall have its collateral damage on the coming generation as well. Which is why we must be exceptionally prudent about the decisions we make and the actions we take in the present.
Job Seeker vs. Job Provider
There will come a time, when you will no longer feel the need to be working as someone's mere employee. You would want to take charge and control over your own life and income. This is when you will decide to become a self-employed individual, who would like to watch his / her own ideas take realistic form. You would prefer being the one offering job opportunities to others and aid in providing income to them. At this stage of entrepreneurship, you may use your own expertise as well as that of other trained and skilled associates. As a team, you will find your business or venture expanding and yielding good results. You may even gain the confidence and insight, which will help you diversify and spread your expertise into other business arenas, which were previously unknown to you, or you were unsure about. This ability, comes with experience and knowledge amassed over the years.
An Idle Mind is The Devil's Workshop
Education and studying regularly, gives people of all age groups something substantial and challenging to do. It helps them think and use their idle hours, doing something productive and worthwhile. Education need not be purely academic and may include reading for leisure or as a passion for literature, philosophy, art, politics, economics, or even scientific research. There is no limit, to all that you can teach yourself, only if you take the interest to learn and grow as an individual. However, those who treat knowledge as trash, eventually find themselves getting absorbed with thoughts of violence, and jealously against those who are better off than themselves. It is people such as these who turn towards drug addiction, unnecessary rebellion, crime, and plain inactivity. Such people lack the self-esteem, that a good education often provides to its followers.
Education plays its continuous role in all spheres of life. The reason being, that if we are aware of the drawbacks of a decision and we know about the possible contingencies and the collateral damage, our consequent actions would be wiser, which would help us to keep danger at bay at all times.
By Rohini Mohan
Education is the harbinger of the modern era and is the basis for rational and logical thinking. It has brought in huge benefits for the people across every nook and corner of the globe. Some of them are visible and some of them are not but overall they have contributed immensely to the development of society.
Why education is important?
Transforming the dreams into reality: One of the most important benefits of education is that it helps to meet the objectives of life. For instance, some people want to become rich while others aspire to become popular. Right education with dedication can help to accomplish the task. Getting professional degree is the only way to excel in different business domains such as engineering, medicine, and accounting. By enrolling in the course of your choice, it is not only possible to enhance the skill level but also the professional expertise.
Happiness: People who are educated can access lots of opportunities in lives. They get good jobs and achieve materialistic objectives. Fat paychecks guarantee luxury living and go a long way in providing happiness. In addition with the help of education, you may have a stable as well as secured life for the future. People with higher intellectual wealth also enjoy good social status is society.
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Money is everything: Educated people are professionally qualified and can get good jobs in various sectors of the economy. A person who is not educated can do only menial jobs but for white collar work, it is important to have education as well as expertise in a certain stream. It is bound to provide a fillip to the career and tremendous growth in the work wages. It is true that money is not everything in life but it can definitely buy comfort for the individuals and the family.
Equality among fellow beings: Education doesn’t discriminate between the rich and the poor neither exploits the ethnic and the caste fault lines. It can be imparted to any one irrespective of the gender and provides equal opportunities to the people to rise in life. Western civilization experienced renaissance due to the light of knowledge that became possible due to universities and schools that are epitomes of modern education. In developed and developing the world, they have helped in the emancipation of women so that they could contribute towards the development of society.
Independent thinking: When you embark on the quest of knowledge through education, you develop scientific and logical reasoning as part of the thought process. Instead of listening to others, the individual can use his or her brain to take independent decision. Education is the only tool that assists in the development of critical analysis of the situation. Moreover, if you are employed as a professional, you become financially independent.
The World is safer: Medieval period saw major conflicts due to lack of education among masses. Modern people are educated with knowledge about what is right and what is wrong. They can understand the issue and find ways to resolve them. It is not possible for an illiterate person; therefore we see lots of conflicts in the developing world as the literacy level is low among the general population. In addition, lack of education denies job opportunities to people and they resort to theft as well as a robbery in desperation. Educated people are aware of their rights and duties towards the country and are less likely to indulge in unlawful activities.
Boost self-confidence: Light of knowledge automatically boosts the self-confidence of the person. A learned person is not only respected in the society but he or she is often consulted for pieces of advice by others. An uneducated man might have lots of experience but may not be taken seriously when suggestions are being sought.
Social mobility: An educated person is not socially static but mobile. He or she is more socially interactive in a group. If you have a formal education, it is easier to express the views without any problem. A Learned person is more likely to contribute towards the development of society.
A developed world: Countries around the world have relied on scientific education to ensure the development of their economy. Citizens of western countries are rich and prosperous as they work in various business fields of the industry. It was only achieved with a continuous focus on developing highly skilled professionals.
Conclusion: With all the benefits being accrued, education is the best way to move forward not only for an individual but also for a country. It is the only tool that can help to remove millions of people from the jaws of poverty. If people are empowered with knowledge, they cannot be exploited by others. Modern ideas of liberation and freedom have emanated from education. Reformists around the world have honed their skills in the top universities and played an important role in removing the evil customs from society.