The main objective of education is to acquire knowledge. This knowledge is the small brave flame that shines bright driving away the darkness of ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss in adulthood. Deceptive ignorance causes complications in man’s life. ‘Knowledge is power’ and rightly so, for it gives you the power to think, question and arrive at the solution to problems which present themselves, but knowledge itself will not suffice to enable one to face life’s hurdles, it’s application is what counts in the end. So education should always look at the two aspects of gaining knowledge and then applying it for use in all practical purposes.
Nelson Mandela said,“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Revolutionary ideas sprout from the humble seeds of education. Cultivating ignorance is the massacre of brilliant ideas for, education is that spark that lights the fire; a dream. No one should be denied the right to education, simply because it is the driving force that takes nations, populations, the entire world closer to the goal of world peace, elimination of poverty and the guarantee of a better future for humanity.
Education is a tree, and the branches you can choose to climb are many. One may pursue academics, sports and various arts which help in imbibing life skills. By pursuing varied interests, a student steps out of the monotonous one dimensional plane of existence into the vibrant multi dimensional world. As individuals in a society, our aim should be to blossom into courteous, grateful people who uphold the principles of co-operation and goodwill. In his famous speech at Stanford, Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to have trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.” Thus it is of the utmost importance to pursue one’s education with passion and explore the many branches of education but all the while remaining firmly rooted to your principal goal. In the words of John Dewey, “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”
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