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Education is a Life-Long Process | Learning is a Never Ending ActivityBY: Anisa Author | Category: Education | Submitted: 2010-07-06 04:05:53
As defined by Webster education is the process of educating or teaching, and 'educate' is "to develop the knowledge, skill, or character," the broader perspective of this definition is to transmit the knowledge onto next generation so that the individuals can build their lives on the principles learned.
Education, as is normally understood, is not only what is taught to the students in schools, colleges and universities rather it is a life long process. When we say a life long process, we are encompassing all the learning experiences a human have during his life. This process never ends and keeps on adding to an individual's personality. When we talk about teachings at school, it turns out in a person's life in the form of the implementation of that education in a person's professional life. When we talk about education from a church, a priest or any religious scholar, we mean the effects of that education or learning on the person's soul. Moreover another form is what we learn from our own experiences and observations. Thus we can't just restrict education to secular or in what is being taught to a person, rather education can come from observation or a persons own experience as well. Thus teaching or educating is not always a necessary part of learning; one can learn new things on their own as well.
Once I asked my mathematics teacher about the use of sin, cos and tan methods in our actual lives, she was silent and gave me no reply saying that these are the methods introduced by the experts in the field of mathematics and you have to learn them the way they are. Thus there is a need to understand that education in not the process of filling our minds with stuff which makes no sense to us. Things we learn must make some logic otherwise it's just useless to read and write what we can't apply.
Once in a parent-teacher meeting, a teacher asked the parents how they judge that their kids are learning something new daily from the school, the most common answer was that kids do their home work regularly which shows he is learning new things. The teacher replied to the parents that he is doing his homework regularly doesn't mean that he is also learning, rather you should cross-check that what he is learning by encouraging him to take part in general discussion and take his opinion about various life issues. Involving him in decision-making and giving him the opportunity to provide solutions to different issues will open up his mind and broaden his horizons. The learning achieved by implementation can never be replaced by theory. Practical is important than theory.
A beautiful quote by Bill Beattie about education is worth mentioning here, author said "The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men." This is the true purpose of education where one can expect education to broaden a person's horizon and leave him to ask questions in order to learn new things. There is no better way to learn than to ask questions thus you must also encourage your juniors and kids to ask questions.
To conclude my article I would like to mention the importance of education as a life long process and how the world can become a learning society. Eric Hoffer defining the purpose of education said, "The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together." Thus one must not think that he/she is too old for education rather life itself is a long process of learning. A wise person defined life beautifully "I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense."
So now its time to change our view about education as a method of reading books and learning them by heart to get good grades rather education should be taken as a life long process which gives a new meaning and direction to our lives.
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