The Importance Of Education.


डिग्रीयां तो तालीम के खर्चे की रसीदें हैं,
इल्म वही है , जो किरदार में झलकता है l

digreeyan tho thaleem ke kharche ki rasiden hain,
ilm wahi hai, jo kirdaar mein jhalaktha hai.

Degrees are just receipts for the cost of education,
Knowledge is that which shines as character.

“Education is the process of imparting knowledge, values, skills and attitudes, which can be beneficial to an individual. Learning is an informal process, and education is a formal process. Learning is knowledge gained through experience, and education is knowledge gained through teaching.”

What we understand by “Education” today is vastly different from its definition which is “a process of teaching, training, and learning, especially in schools or colleges, to improve knowledge and develop skills.” Today, it simply means acquiring a diploma or a degree or two with the sole purpose of securing gainful employment. The whole approach is to learn how to write and pass examinations and get through interview processes with that single aim in mind.

So, we have what are euphemistically called tutorial institutions helping youngsters achieve that singe goal. Our newspapers are full of advertisements of successful candidates from such institutes during every “Results” season and the aim of such advertising seems to be to attract junior students entering the final lap to join them in addition to their regular curriculum and to lure failed aspirants from the current crop who will have to rewrite the examinations to pass through to higher education.

There is even one whole town, Kota in our glorious country which has cornered the market for training students to pass entrance examinations.

In India therefore, the advantage of education is simply that the educated find remunerative occupations after undergoing rigorous training to pass examinations.

I however believe that the advantage of the original meaning of education, which was “Learning to learn” was to prepare us for life’s vicissitudes while offering us training in a trade or business. The old system of apprenticeships and guilds did just that and colleges were left to wealthy individuals to pursue knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Over time specialised institutions like for Medicine, Engineering etc came into being to serve particular purposes while at the same providing avenues for careers for people inclined to pursue such professions.

My personal journey in education is known to most of my regular readers and while I do not wish to showcase that as the only way to acquire an education it drives home the point that the importance of an education in today’s world is that it offers a living in a highly competitive environment.

As it happens so often in my life, after I wrote the above post, I came across this little post from Big John which ties up so well with this topic.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 3 On 1 blog posts where Sanjana, Shackman and I write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been suggested by Sanjana. Please do go over to the other two blogs to see what they have to say on the same topic. Thank you.

10 thoughts on “The Importance Of Education.”

  1. My early education, although recognised as “learning” – some parts of it never entered my “storage brain” – once my brother said, “you often missed weeks due to illness” and in those days the 1950s there wasn’t extra tutorial sessions available, somehow your report card “failed you” or said “could do better”

    My education came from “living” – a lot of it in my late teens when I sent to live in UK with a sister.

    I’ve added to it including going to university as a mature student, just this century BUT that lost time in the 1950s I’ve never regained and it was pretty evident when I was in University. But somehow I got my degree…but it taught me a lot about “life of education”
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  2. You wrote this topic with great meaning. What you have wrote also happened in my country. Every graduation is celebrated by sign each other’s uniforms using marker, as if the clothes is no longer needed. But this euphoria ends when they are entering the wave of life.
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  3. Education – learning for learning’s sake – is now secondary to learning to secure a job. Young people need more skills to learn to live along with learning to secure work. The world has certainly changed and now we shall see what the new normal has in store for us.

    1. The new normal is unlikely to offer very much to our generation but, yes, most certainly to the young who are already under stress due to the side effects of the pandemic.

  4. Yes, it’s important to pass exams and gain qualifications, but that isn’t the ultimate purpose of education, which to my mind is to increase self-awareness and develop whatever talents you may possess. Not so much learning to learn but learning who you are and what you’re capable of, so as to have a fulfilling and enjoyable life.

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