What Does Education Do?

Is going to school at the core of a good education? Why do successful people walk tall? It all leads us to explore how we build self-confidence and make success a habit. An excellent institution whether a family or even a school should help us walk with pride and build our emotional quotient.

"I believe there's a hero in us all that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride." Mike Saquan Wren

To empower us to walk with confidence is what I feel education should do. When we look at schools that work to deliver education, not many will help us achieve the key purpose, as these institutions look at education as a commodity and sell it to us as a package. The main motive of most of these schools is to run a sustainable business; this often will not let them deliver value and meet our purpose of helping us 'walk with confidence'. The school may give us literacy; this is not what education is all about. 

"Education has helped to make me who I am. Through education, I learned more about my strengths and weaknesses. It helped me to develop both occupations and vocations. It gave me confidence and helped me to see the world as an approachable place." quote from eNotes.com

Evaluating People vs. Their Education: Does the phrase well-educated refer to a quality of the schooling you received, or to something about you? Does it denote what you were taught, or what you learned (and remember)? If the term applies to what you now know and can do, you could be poorly educated despite having received a top-notch education. However, if the term refers to the quality of your schooling, then we’d have to conclude that a lot of “well-educated” people sat through lessons that barely registered, or at least are hazy to the point of irrelevance a few years later. - Alfie Kohn

To be considered educated, said the panelists of the Askwith Forum at Harvard, students should leave school with a deep understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world and have learned what some call “soft skills” – complex problem-solving, creativity, entrepreneurship, the ability to manage themselves, and the ability to be lifelong learners. As Professor Fernando Reimers, who moderated the panel, summarised, there is a disconnect between how education gets delivered in the classroom and the common desire for students to become good, well-rounded people.

Students should leave school with a deep understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world and have learned what some call “soft skills.”

How do we empower young people to walk with confidence? This is the dilemma that will never be resolved, as we all have our very personal views and beliefs. The culture, the stereotype and the work of generations cloud our minds and makes us often feel incomplete and demolishes our confidence. How do we overcome negativity and build our self-confidence? Learning is an integral part of our life and education should not only stimulate us but free us and empower us to find ourselves. I have often said that 'leadership is finding you', and a leader is a person who can walk with confidence. Education should help us be the leader we want to be, and not cage our thoughts and make us hostage to a curriculum.

Dale Carnegie shows us how to: Develop poise, gain self-confidence, improve memory, make our meaning clear, begin and end a talk, interest and charm our audience, improve our diction, win an argument without making enemies. In his bestselling book "How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking" he offers hundreds of practical and valuable tips on influencing the important people in your life: your friends, your customers, your business associates, your employees. This book has been tested and used successfully by millions of people all over the world. 

Our education process should help us walk tall; we should be able to understand our inner self and express our heart with the effective use of our intelligence. Education will only be complete when we follow our heart, stand on our feet and walk with our heads. The mind thus must be empowered and not merely filled with information like 'bits and bytes' in the CPU of a computer. Over the year's mind, mapping was an extensive field of study and we find that verbalization often devalues the core of learning, the written word seems to be the only way to grow literacy and this itself is the biggest challenge.

Tyler Cowen speculates: "Men are born beasts. But education gives you a peer group, a self-image, and some skills as well. Getting an education is like becoming a Marine. Men need to be made into Marines. By choosing many years of education, you are telling yourself that you stand on one side of the social divide. The education itself drums that truth into you."

Our minds are by far the greatest mechanism we can ever possess yet we hardly take notice of it. My friend Ted Falconar shares with me a vision and he states that we  are now engaged in promoting the Creative Infinity Mind that is the mystic and scientific wonderland- a Renaissance that humanity has hardly embarked upon being at an early stage in its evolution; the single dimensioned verbal mind, that is spiritual poverty lacking beauty, creativity and imagination is still hampering the world. The education as it stands today kills creativity and makes us our mere verbalizers, taking from us the opportunity to be great visualizers.

Intellectual ability refers to content and level of cognition (What? and How much?). Cognitive style reflects the manner or mode of cognition (How?).he term cognitive style is associated with stable, trait-like consistency in personal approach to attending, perceiving, and thinking. Or, cognitive styles are particular personality determined modes of perceiving, remembering, thinking, and problem-solving. Another definition - cognitive styles represent stable traits that distinguish the learners according to consistencies in interacting with the environment. Cognitive styles might be understood better by comparing them to construct of cognitive ability within a dichotomy based conceptual framework. - Refer website www.it.fmi.uni-sofia.bg

We will only walk with confidence when we begin to understand our self, and education is only one of the tools for us to find your own self. Education must free our mind and not enslave us to a system, for us to walk with confidence we will need not only IQ but most of all a great level of EQ (Emotional Quotient). You will only walk with confidence when you are emotionally strong, and this is what we need at the core of any learning that is delivered by any institution. We will need the strength of spiritual insight to support our ardour to walk with confidence.

The author of the article Sandeep Dutt takes the onus of the content and the opinions expressed are his alone. You may please email the author to sd@ebd.in.

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