Education is not just knowing the alphabets or learning how to read or write.
It is about being able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your benefit and to be able to gain knowledge by trying to dig deeper into what was imparted to you. The society does not need just literate citizens, but educated ones, too. People who can read and write but make nothing of it are useless. Here are the reasons why education is extremely important:
- Avoiding Societal Embarrassment
It is vital that you be at par with the knowledge database to be able to mingle in some societal settings without feeling embarrassed or out of place. Education helps you broaden your spectrum of knowledge and have your own mind and reason.
- Eliminate Baseless Superstitions
It is true that the superstitions today are deeply integrated in the culture of the uneducated because they never seemed to reason why they are blindly following a tradition. So as times changed, the scientific reason held no ground for superstitions to carry on, but those on whom it rested to forego, had little ability to reason and let it go. You can never undermine the role of education in order to make a society free of baseless superstitions.
- Reasoning Against The Illogical
Nothing is believable without a proper reason, if only there’s a reason for it. For example, the inability of uneducated farmers to examine and analyze the fertility of soil for a particular harvest makes them regret later and believe that a specific god was displeased with them. Therefore, they’d spend more time and effort on rituals to please the gods than they would to increase soil quality. If only they are aware.
- Exposure To The World
It is now possible to know of all the other nations without leaving your own. All you need is to read and place your understanding of the information about the cultural and historical context of that nation in a particular period. You’d know just everything about France, Rome and Greece.
- Adapting To Newer Techniques For Productivity
There’s a reason behind scientists’ billion dollar paycheck to build machinery that decreases the need for man power. It is, however, impossible to reap the benefits of that machinery if it will be used by those who have no knowledge on how to utilize the machine for better productivity. This is the reason why some uneducated farmers now swear by the traditional technique of irrigation. They are having difficulties with new technology.
- Ethical Values That Help Make The World More Peaceful
It is in the habit of the uneducated to bring up arguments and cause harm to others and most to their selves. Education would channel temper towards a more productive and peaceful goal. This will result to crisis-free nations, with no wars.
- Imparts Ability To Work Across Genres And Cultures
Tell an uneducated person to work in a setting strange to him, and ask him to walk on a path of self- destruction. Ask an educated man to travel nations and transmute the barriers of language and culture, and you’d be testing his spirit of taking challenges and succeeding in them. The difference here is not about intellectual capacity, but it takes more than self-confidence than knowledge to not be intimidated by challenges life throws.
- Economic Growth Of The Nation
If every citizen is educated, they’d definitely make ways to be self-sufficient. An economically independent society is the stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to an economic growth of the nation on a whole.
- Earn Your Own Living
With the evolving lifestyles, steep inflation rates and luxuries transcending into needs, it is only impossible for a family to depend and survive on one breadwinner. You ought to work for self-sufficiency as well as independence and education helps you gain job opportunities to be financially stable. Also, education helps you build a network of people whose resources might work the best in your benefit if you so choose to be self-employed.
This is the most important reason because for you to be happy, you need to feel good from within. It is only possible to have a stable mind and a balanced life once you are self-dependent and have a reputable standing in the society. By simply being educated, you’d have little job insecurity, no inferiority complex and a well-organized understanding of the world. Education may not be the key to happiness, but it is definitely the key to a lot of other things that come together to make you happy.