While I was taking a walk around the local park yesterday, I saw a man, probably in his mid-fifties sitting on one of the benches and reading something out loud. He had his earphones plugged in and was intently looking at a book. On close inspection, I figured out that he was learning English. There was some sort of excitement and enthusiasm on his face, as he read word after word, forming sentences. This got me thinking, education really has no age bar.
When we are towards the end of our bachelor’s or master’s degree, we often hear people saying – “This is the last year of studies for you.” “Says who?”, I want to ask them. It is only in our minds that education stops once our college life comes to an end. I remember buying a notebook which says
“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.”
How true is that! We assume that if we get a good degree from a good institution, our education is complete. We forget that our life is our best teacher.
Education is not restricted to books. Having a knowledge of things you’re passionate about is education. Being able to present yourself as a well-rounded individual is education. Knowing what’s right and what’s not is education. Having the ability to carry out meaningful conversations is education.
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What better example can I give than that of my father? Despite his age, he constantly updates himself with new technology and the on-goings of the world. There is so much of knowledge within him, it renders me speechless when he speaks so fluently and passionately about finance and economics. Even if I give an arm and a leg to trade places with him, I would never be able to be as well-versed. He strongly believes in learning by application and through experience, which is exactly how children must be taught.
I feel pity for those people who despite having all the resources, do not utilize it to take forward their education. If we stop educating ourselves, our minds becomes numb.
Who says education must be something related to the subjects we studied in school? It can really be anything as simple as learning a new language, or learning a hard/soft skill.
At present, we can learn tons from the videos on YouTube, even by looking up articles on Google. Thanks to technology, learning is not just restricted to reading books. What is needed is a keen and enthusiastic mind, no matter what the source of education you choose.Nothing makes you a better, smarter and sharper human being than education.
Do you agree with me? I would love to know your views on education, please feel free to leave your comments.