Importance of Education in Society
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. If 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 specif 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 firstly helps empower you, thus making you strong enough to look after yourself in any given situation. It keeps you aware of your given surroundings 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 is 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 may be 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.
Advantages of Higher Learning
There also comes a phase when the amount you are earning presently will seem inadequate because your aspirations and expectations from yourself will 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.
Which 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 so as to teach him or her the ways of functioning and performing the tasks of the workplace. On the contrary, a novice applicant will need to be taught every thing from scratch, which many employer’s are not willing to do. The same applies to 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 a entire entity.
This progress has a very important role to play for the coming generations, which will reap the benefits of our hard work, and develop upon it. 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.
by Rohini Mohan.
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