Monday, November 28, 2011

Why Education?

Why education is important?

The aim of education is to have rational people in the society for the well being and progress of the society. Education makes people live and react in a rational and disciplined way. Education is not limited to 2+2 or 4x4, nor is it limited to grammar and vocabulary or history and geography. Education is far much beyond all these and includes good manners, discipline, social skills and culture among others. Education helps us live in harmony with other people, the society and the environment. Education helps us better understand how to take care of ourselves (diet, hygiene etc), of our family, of our society and environment. Education also helps us know what are our rights, our limits and responsibility. Education also helps us get access to equal rights and power – that education helps to build democracy as John Dewey stated in his book “Democracy and Education”:
“The superficial explanation is that a government resting upon popular suffrage cannot be successful unless those who elect and who obey their governors are educated. Since a democratic society repudiates the principle of external authority, it must find a substitute in voluntary disposition and interest; these can be created only by education.” (Dewey, John. (1916). Democracy and education. New York: Macmillan, page 91)