What Education Means Today
Since the beginning of man’s existence, education and knowledge has been a key to our survival. Over the centuries we have evolved and expanded our civilization across the globe, all the while learning new skills and concepts along the way. But as we expand our civilization and culture from “flesh and teeth” to “industry and fortune” education comes at a much higher price. The only way to survive in today’s world is to have a primary form of education (read and write), but to live comfortable one has to have professional training of some sort. Manu Goel wrote:
“It is through education that knowledge and information is received and spread throughout the world. An uneducated person cannot read and write and hence he is closed to all the knowledge and wisdom he can gain through books and other mediums. In other words, he is shut off from the outside world. In contrast, an educated man lives in a room with all its windows open towards outside world”
In my opinion education today is defined with professionalism and degrees to back it up. From birth society pushes kids to educate themselves and to open their eyes to new concepts. With the desire and forcefulness of education from our parents, it is expected in today’s world to have any kind of stature. Those with less actual knowledge of a profession but with education will always be higher in the pecking order then one with all of the knowledge but no formal education. I believe this because not only does an education show that you have training in set field, but also the dedication and discipline achieve your set goals.
You would only have to go as far as to ask someone from the “baby boomer” age how the importance and standard of education has changed over the years. For instance, my father came to this country in the 1960s from Indonesia. He had a limited high school education limited trade experience. My father found a job as an electrician and within two...