Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true of education. ” Education nowadays is turning people into self-centered individuals who have no time for the well being of the society they live in. Since an early age kids are taught that this world is very competitive. Which leads us to think that the only thing that matters is personal level achievements. Currently education is only becoming a source to get job, rather than a tool for thinking about the significance of education, by looking at the issues around the world. To understand the full potential of education we have to embrace the real source and, significance of education, and only then can we could develop a true future for education.
The real source of education began in the earliest prehistory, as adults trained young in the knowledge and skills considered necessary in their society. The sole purpose of education is to benefit society, by sharing knowledge. Modern education has affected all morals of true education. Now students tend to think about personal achievements, rather than the well being of the society they live in. Modern education has also affected our understanding, by bringing technology into an educational environment. We no longer think for ourselves, but instead depend upon various sources like Google for answers. We tend to become robots by just parroting what is given to us. “There is also the argument that technology has created a lack of depth in learning; students who are bombarded by technological inputs might be more inclined to skim the surface information on many topics without truly getting an in-depth understanding on any of them” (Davidr, Paragraph 5, Line 1). True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than preparing for the life that we have been living. It has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man.
Students nowadays ignore the significance of education, and just view it as a way to get job. “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”(Mohan, Paragraph 2, Line 1). When we do not understand the significance of education, we ignore the sole purpose of it. The only goal of students has become to get more marks, not to earn more knowledge. People have forgotten that education is a tool that you can use to change things around you. Education was developed to teach community how to communicate with and help each other. A good education is also the only reason of human development. People should know that if education is used in a good manner, then it could help people, and also we can make advances. A good mannered education can be used to help society bring advances in technology, and it can be used to decrease corruption among many countries. If we have so many educated people, then we should not have third world countries around us, we should not have poor people, or homeless people. Since education is created to help communities and people around us, then we should not have anyone suffering. Modern education is turning people into self-centered individuals who have no time for the well-being of the society they live in. As people are becoming educated, they are also becoming carless.
A true future for education can only be developed when people understand the significance of education, and the impact that it can make if used in a positive way. In the past people used to pursue knowledge and share it with people around them. This was so they could ask questions about themselves and eventually change themselves. Going to college is the most prioritized way to get education, but it is not the only way. People only go to college to get a job, which is a good thing, but people are only getting jobs for personal benefits. People can change the society they live in if they act upon it, instead of just blaming the system. We cannot blame something that we have created ourselves. Education should not teach students only the skills that are necessary for jobs. Schools should teach students the proper skills that they can use in order to serve their community. Education in the future should teach students not to be self-centered, but instead to share knowledge. A true future can only be developed when both the students and teachers are working on a similar goal.
In conclusion, a student should not be self-centered toward his or her community. Self-centrism causes problems, not only in the educational field, but also in the political, economical and, most importantly the social arenas. Education shouldn’t only be used for personal achievements, but should bring everybody together as one. “Knowledge is power “is a saying that shows that, if you use knowledge in a positive way, then it has the power to change your inner circles and your community. You don’t necessarily have to go to college to acquire knowledge. You could acquire knowledge by yourself through various other sources. It does not usually matter, whether the person is educated or not does not make a difference. The purpose of education was to bring positive changes in to our community. As people we are becoming more self-centered, which doesn’t only affect ourselves, but also our community in many ways.
Rohini Mohan. “Importance of education in society” Educational Articles (2009)
Elena Malykhina. “Fact or Fiction? Video Games Are the Future of Education.” Scientific American (2014)
Davidr. “Pros and Cons of Technology in Education” Write Check Blog (2011)