EduThinking


What is education?


CIARAN AINSWORTH

Session musician, Gloucester, United Kingdom



As someone currently in full time education, I may be a little closer to what people generally consider 'education'. By society's terms 'education' simply means sitting people in front of someone who will pump them full of technical talk. I, however, refuse to believe that this is truly the extent of education. It is my personal belief that whilst 'learning' is indeed the act of acquiring knowledge, education is a means of giving what you learn.

Anyone can learn that the kettle is hot and so not to touch it, and anyone can tell you that this is so but, it takes a lot to be educated as to why the kettle is hot, and what it could mean for you if you touch it.

The skill of educating others in my mind is greatly under-rated. Students, like myself, ignore and disrespect teachers who have dedicated their lives to this complex and wonderful act of educating others. And yet, in the long run, I feel that teachers merely lay down the essential soil in which your learning grows. They educate you as to how to be educated. From there you can take your knowledge and learning from anyone or anything in your life, but without this bridge there could be no learning and no knowledge.

Education is not about teaching you, but about allowing you to find what you love in life. There really is no simple answer to this, as everyone is educated in a different way and will learn how to be educated in a different way. And until the day when we are all soulless robots, education will remain as complex and as individual as the tiny strands of DNA that each different creature possesses.


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