Dr. Purushothaman
November 29, 2013

Today, education is viewed as a vital key to success in life, and knowledge has become every individual's aim or concern. Each one of us is born in a different medium and of different social and cultural norms; however, most of us approve of education's positive effects on society. Therefore, ‘Why do we need education?' and ‘why do we think education is important?' is the issue to tackle. To get a better grip of this complex theme we have to distinguish three different types of education, there is the formal education, like school, the lifetime education, learning through difficult situations and the education by our parents. To lead a successful country we have to keep it on a standard level of education to be able to impart the cultural heritage to the younger generations. There is again a division to be made between the inherited education or knowledge, and the education taught at school. Education develops a meaningful outlook on life.

Education serves as the means to bring about the desired change in society, to develop a generation of virtuous individuals and thus contribute to the development of good human beings. The fundamental purpose of education is to gain knowledge, inculcate the forms of proper conduct and acquire technical competency. Education serves as the means to develop oneself physically, mentally and socially.

Education remains a vital part of life in all the times but it has become very essential in the modern age. Every body has to run with this modern life and without education it seems difficult. It has a great influence on the social, economic and moral activities of the people. It plays a stunning role in human thinking and to take a correct decision. It has been said that man is a social animal but education make him rational. If a person could not read or write it means many windows of information and knowledge are closed to him.

As humans, our number one priority should be to try all the best that we can to live successfully on planet earth. We are expected to pursue that ability which is to survive more than mere intelligent creatures with copious amount of curiosity, our quest should be to conquer every part of our universe and explore its grandness so that we can experience nature in full and life in general. Instead of sticking to status quo and thereby living a life of routine just like most of our parents did, our bearing should be to visit those places our parent dreamt of, becoming those persons they wished to become and do those things they only hoped for. When you take a visual trip beyond the shores of your native land, perhaps through the help of the media, you will notice and discover that more work still has to be done.

The first thing that is striking about education is knowledge gain. Education gives us the knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on everything in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say, education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different.

Knowing about something is education and to have knowledge about the things around is really very important. A society can not grow without education. It is an important part of our life. Education always gives us awareness about what is going on around us. It mostly enhances the spirit of getting knowledge and to enlighten ourselves. Education provides us countless opportunities to improve our academic aspects. Right education always gives us important lessons of life.

Education is important for the youths, as youth is their growing stage. It is the time to develop the principles of life, make career decisions and begin the pursuit of one's goals. Education to the youths should consist of the training that is an extension to their fields of interest. The education should help the youths define their career objectives, decide what they want from life and enable them to achieve success in their fields of interest. Education to youths must aim at helping an individual form a skill set and work upon it to develop expertise in the areas of his/her interest. The education for youths should consist of courses that can help the youths with their careers and aims of life.

With a good education of the younger generation, the government takes care of the progress in the development of the country. But a good education is not just useful for the progress of the country; the aspiration for advancement lies in the nature of every human creature. People wake up every morning with the goal to make new experiences, which enriches their standard of life. Another factor in today's democratic society is the people's striving for the latest information. People in our days do actually have the will to know what is going on in the world around them, they want to know what the government needs all the tax money for, they want to understand what a new law is supposed to mean and all this would be impossible without a good formal education.

More precisely, the perceived goal of education to make the individual and the society 'better' in some qualitative sense seems to missing in its current form. In our rush to get everybody educated, we do not consider it important to ask ourselves why we need education. An idealist notion about the necessity of education has been taken for granted. If fact this notion has been so strongly developed that we are taught to overlook the shortcomings in the implementation of this activity. Both independent groups, who have chosen to work in the field of education, and expert committees have only suggested ways of improving the effectiveness of present education system without addressing themselves to the more basic issues of the purpose of the entire activity. Such people often choose to ignore the disturbing trends, mentioned above, and associated with the education system.

Most of the people will refuse to link the malaise in the system to the basic nature of the system itself, considering it to be a disorder which could be taken care of by implementing proper machinery. Such assumptions need to be questioned. Some experts tend to analyze the present education system, which will raise questions at such basic levels. When so much resources and the prime time of our children and youth are being given over to the education system, we as a society need to find out the achievement of this system in real terms. However, in this evaluation one must be prepared to dispense with the assumption that the modern education system, or some close variant of it, is absolutely indispensable, for on close examination this kind of education system itself appears to be at fault.

The development of a nation can be judged easily by its literacy rate. Economic development of a country depends upon its skillful and educated population. The developed countries of the world have highly educated human resource and they are playing important roll to sustain the economic growth of their country. These countries have many education and training programs for their people to meet the new demands of the modern era. Their professionals have to follow many mandatory courses in order to know about the new developments in their respective fields. In this way, they are able to update themselves.

Due to the importance of education, many countries are planning to promote quality education for the student's excellence. They are raising more and more funds for the education. They are making polices to provide financial aid to a great number of students. They have made strict policies for the distribution and monitoring of these funds.

High education is also very necessary to have a wonderful career. So, there is a need to get a right and required education for a person because it will help you to get the right job. You can have higher pay if you are an educated professional. Many career advisors have been appointed in the colleges and universities to guide the students for this purpose.

It is a great fact that the importance of education can not be denied. We all know that places where the importance of education has been neglected due to any reason are facing social, moral and economic problems. They are not able to provide basic facilities to their people.

It is very easy to explain importance of education. No human beings are able to survive properly without education. By the means of education only one's potential can be used to maximum extent. Education tells men how to think, how to work properly, how to make decision. Through education only one can make separate identity. It is most important in life like our basic need foods, clothe and shelter. With the beginning we learnt how to interact with others, how to make friends because of education only. As I remember when my parents had enrolled my name in school not only I learnt the alphabets and numbers but also I made friends, interacted with them with teachers.

With further development you were faced with the sense of competition and desire and other such emotions and feelings, you also learnt to control these emotions and feelings. And also teaches how to act in different situations. Education is not just restricted to teaching a person the basic academics, say computers, mathematics, geography or history education is a much larger term.

To conclude, we can say that Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits.

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